Former pharmacy student sentenced for terrorist act

A former University of Sydney pharmacy student has been jailed for 36 years after he stabbed a man multiple times

On 10 September 2016, in a driveway in Minto in Sydney, Ihsas Khan stabbed Wayne Greenhalgh with the intent of killing him.

Mr Greenhalgh sustained lacerations and stab wounds to his right arm, a finger, his left wrist, the left side of his stomach and the left side of his face, from his cheek to his throat.

A witness to the stabbing said that Mr Khan called out “Allah, Allah… they killed our people, they should be killed too”.

Witnesses helped defend Mr Greenhaigh, who was able to seek refuge in a nearby hairdressing salon, and called the police.

Mr Greenhalgh had read a victim impact statement to the Court which outlined the significant trauma he experienced, including not only the violence which caused him to fear for his life, but lasting physical injuries.

The injury to his right arm caused nerve damage and loss of strength, and he has lost some flexibility in his fingers. He has also been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and has not been able to work.

Mr Khan pleaded not guilty on the grounds of insanity, but this plea was rejected by the Court.

The court heard that the former pharmacy student had been conducting internet searches on his laptop computer, several of which “centred on extremist ideology and acts of violence”. Mr Khan told several health professionals, after the attack, that he had viewed this material to inspire and motivate him to commit the offence.

Justice Geoffrey Bellew noted that the viewing of this material formed part of the planning and preparation for the attack.

Mr Khan had purchased a hunting knife in February 2016, with a view to using it to attack Jewish students at the University of Sydney.

When asked if he meant people of a Jewish faith among his fellow pharmacy students, Mr Khan said no, he meant students more widely at the University who wore the kippah or yarmulke.

Mr Khan was not charged over any offence arising from any plan he may have had to kill Jewish students at the university.

In 2012 He had commenced studying a Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree at the University of Sydney in 2012, earning a number of credits and high distinctions.

He singled out Mr Greenhalgh for the attack on the grounds that he had seen Mr Greenhalgh wearing “pro-America” T-shirts.

Mr Khan was sentenced to imprisonment for 36 years, including time served, a sentence which will expire on 9 September 2052.

A non-parole period of 27 years was imposed, which will expire on 9 September 2043.

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