Accused cop slasher found dead in prison
A man who sparked a terror probe after he allegedly slashed at and bit police officers in Sydney's CBD has been found dead in his prison cell.
Fredrick Fadi Elrezz was charged with attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed two officers, slashing one across the head and shoulder, and bit another on the arm on York St earlier this month.
The Lakemba man, 32, was being held at Parklea Correctional Centre.
Elrezz had alleged in court he has been beaten by prison guards because of his alleged crimes.
His first scheduled court appearance on September 3 was abandoned over fears he might injure corrections staff who refused to handle him.
His lawyer Oussama Elfawal told the court the next day that his client was having a "difficult time" in custody and claimed he had been the victim of violence himself.
"He says he has been subject to violence from the guards because of the allegations against him," he said.
Outside court Mr Elfawal said Elrezz wanted to be brought up on screen before Magistrate Robert Williams to show him a "graze" on his face and claimed to have been "beaten".
Police had been called to Sydney's CBD after reports Elrezz had harassed a food delivery driver on George St.
It was alleged he approached the officers before pulling a knife from his pocket and attacking three officers.
Police alleged Elrezz told officers "I wanted to kill the cop" and then said "Allahu Akbar" while being interviewed over the alleged attack.
The injured officers were taken to St Vincent's Hospital, with a 40-year-old male senior constable treated for a cut to the left side of his head and a second cut to his left upper arm/shoulder.
A 39-year-old male acting sergeant received treatment for a cut on his finger and a knee injury, while a 20-year-old male probationary constable was treated for a bite to his tricep.
Following the incident anti-terrorism police raided the York St hostel Mr Elrezz had been staying at and seized several items during searches in Lakemba.
Elrezz did not apply for bail and it was formally refused. His next court date had been set for October 29.
Elrezz had also been charged with the alleged assault of two prison officers while in custody.
On September 10 he faced Blacktown Local Court where police alleged that while being held in custody at Surry Hills the week before, Elrezz became physically aggressive towards two Corrective Services NSW officers, biting one on the hand and spitting on the other.
He faced fresh charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer and inflicting actual bodily harm and two counts of assaulting a law officer.
Originally published as Accused cop slasher found dead in prison