Wakeley church stabbing: Sixth teenager charged after alleged terror attack on Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel

Elisia Seeber
The Nightly
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NSW Police have provided an update after the alleged terror attack on Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel.
NSW Police have provided an update after the alleged terror attack on Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel. Credit: X formerly Twitter

A sixth teenager has been charged as the Joint Counter Terrorism Team in Sydney continues to investigate the associates of a teenager charged over the alleged stabbing of a religious leader at a Wakeley church.

A 15-year-old boy in police custody has been charged with conspiring to engage in any act in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act after more than 400 officers from NSW Police and the AFP executed search warrants across Sydney.

The 16-year-old boy who allegedly attacked Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel at Christ the Good Shepherd Church on April 15 is facing life in prison after police charged him with committing a terrorist act.

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About 11.15am on Wednesday, investigators executed 13 search warrants across Sydney in Bankstown, Prestons, Casula, Lurnea, Rydalmere, Greenacre, Strathfield, Chester Hill, and Punchbowl, as well as a premises in Goulburn.

NSW Police said the joint operation resulted in seven teenage boys being arrested. A further five people, including two men and three juvenile males, also assisted police with their inquiries.

Five teenagers, aged between 14 and 17, were charged and remain before the courts.

The 15-year-old has been refused bail and will appear at a children’s court on Saturday, April 27. The seventh teenager was released pending further investigation.

Earlier today, an eighth man was charged for his part in the Wakeley riots that were sparked by the alleged terror attack on the Christian bishop. NSW Police said a 19-year-old handed himself into police at Fairfield station on Friday morning.

The man was charged with riot, and two counts of destroying or damaging property during public disorder, a police spokesperson said. He was refused bail and is due to appear at Fairfield Local Court.

Anyone with information about extremist activity or possible threats to the community should come forward, no matter how small or insignificant you think the information may be.

The National Security Hotline is 1800 123 400.

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