Originally published on October 11, 2013
After a month of investigation, a 20-year-old suspect has been identified in the murder of a business owner in Sydney.
In the early hours of September 8, Morgan Huxley, 31, took a taxi back to his Neutral Bay neighbourhood. Security footage shows Huxley arriving at 1:01 a.m. at the Oaks Hotel, which he was known to frequent. He drank a schooner and left the hotel at 1:29 a.m.
By 1:30 a.m., Huxley was standing at the traffic light waiting to cross Military Road. Daniel Jack Kelsall allegedly caught up with Huxley at the intersection to initiate sexual activity. Footage shows Kelsall carrying a satchel and wearing chequered pants and a black chef's jacket. The two walked together to Huxley's home on Watson Street less than 100 metres away.
Huxley's flatmate Jean Redmond went to check on him when she heard a noise from the bedroom. She discovered him in his bedroom wearing only his T-shirt and having sustained more than a dozen slash wounds in his neck and left side. He was under traumatic cardiac arrest due to the injuries.
Redmond called the paramedics at 3:01 a.m. The team arrived on the scene at 3:05 a.m. and for 23 minutes attempted to revive Huxley. He was then rushed to the Royal North Shore Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Investigators believe that Huxley and Kelsall had not known each other prior to their encounter. Kelsall worked as a chef's assistant in the Sydney Cooking School, also in Neutral Bay.
Kelsall was charged with murder and larceny and was arrested at his family home on Tuesday, October 8.
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