Knife-wielding NSW man not guilty: court

By Lisa Robinson

SYDNEY, Aug 28 AAP - A knife-wielding man who was shot after he lunged towards a police officer in a busy Sydney shopping strip wanted to kill himself, a court has heard.

Jerry Sourian, 24, was on day leave from a mental health unit when he armed himself with a 25-centimetre-long knife and ran towards Senior Constable Kate Gough at outdoor markets at Westfield Hornsby, in Sydney's north, on June 9, 2016.

He was shot in the thigh, abdomen and forearm before he dropped the knife and fell to the ground.

In the Downing Centre District Court on Monday, Judge Leonie Flannery found Sourian not guilty of using an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence, and threatening unlawful violence towards Ms Gough.

Sourian was mentally ill at the time, she said.

The court heard Sourian had a history of psychosis and had previously admitted himself to psychiatric care.

On June 9 last year he absconded while on leave with his family.

He told a family member he was going "to the police with a knife so that they would shoot him," Justice Flannery said.

She said he went to the Hornsby mall, removed his socks and took out a knife from under his jumper before members of the public called triple zero.

He was sitting on the edge of a fountain when police approached.

"I'm going to run at you with this knife," Sourian told Ms Gough.

"No you're not, drop the knife," she said.

Justice Flannery said he pointed the knife at Ms Gough and ran forwards, getting within a metre of her, before she opened fire.

Sourian later allegedly told a doctor, "I didn't mean to do it. I just wanted to commit suicide."

He also allegedly asked a paramedic to give him an overdose of morphine.

Judge Flannery said "he was not criminally responsible for doing those acts because at the time he was mentally ill."

Sourian was granted bail to reside in hospital until his matter returns to court on September 22.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

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