Man found guilty of terror stabbing in Minto

Screen grabs from CCTV of Ihsas Khan using a large hunting knife to inflict life-threatening injuries to Wayne Greenhalgh in the attack at a Minto reserve in 2016.
Screen grabs from CCTV of Ihsas Khan using a large hunting knife to inflict life-threatening injuries to Wayne Greenhalgh in the attack at a Minto reserve in 2016.

A Sydney pharmacy student has been found guilty of carrying out a daylight terrorist attack in Minto in 2016

Ihsas Khan repeatedly stabbed passer-by Wayne Greenhalgh with a machete on September 10 that year, shouting "I will kill you, you will die".

The victim ran to a nearby home hair salon for safety while bystanders confronted Khan, who was later tasered by police.

Khan pleaded not guilty on the grounds of mental illness to committing a terrorist act when he attacked the then 57-year-old on Ohlfsen Road.

Khan, now 25, was yesterday (Thursday, May 2) convicted by a sixth NSW Supreme Court jury which rejected his defence that he was suffering from a mental illness at the time.

Three previous trials were aborted midway through evidence, one was aborted on its second day and the fifth jury could not reach a verdict.

Khan told Mr Greenhalgh from a dock during one of the trials that "I'm sorry for what I did to you. You are not the guy I thought you were."

The Crown alleged that Khan was a "self-radicalised extremist Muslim" and Islamic State supporter.

Khan has not denied attacking Mr Greenhalgh but told a psychiatrist that a jinn, or supernatural being, instructed him to kill someone.

Mr Greenhalgh was walking home from Kmart in the afternoon when he passed Khan's home.

Khan went inside, re-emerged with a backpack and pulled a machete out - leading Mr Greenhalgh to put his arms up to protect himself.

"Luckily I did because the machete was chompin' into my arms," he told police.

Khan said: "I'm going to f***ing kill you ... Allah, Allah."

Mr Greenhalgh received injuries to his right arm, left hand, his face and lungs, and was off work for four months.

At the time, he told police from his hospital bed that "there was blood pouring out of everywhere".

"He [Khan] got me probably three or four times and I didn't know what to do," Mr Greenhalgh said.

Wayne Greenhalgh was stabbed multiple times in a Minto street.

Wayne Greenhalgh was stabbed multiple times in a Minto street.

A neighbour testified that Khan described Mr Greenhalgh's blood as "beautiful" and said: "These people tried to kill my brothers and sisters in Iraq" and "Kill me, I'm here to die".

Khan told a psychiatrist he'd seen Mr Greenhalgh walking past on the morning of the stabbing, before he spent time watching footage of air strikes with children being killed by American forces and gang rapes of Muslim women.

"He wanted to kill someone who he viewed to be anti-Muslim and die himself, to be a martyr," a defence psychiatrist said.

"The jinn was instructing him to behave in that alleged behaviour."

Justice Geoffrey Bellew will hear sentencing submissions on May 23, 2019.