“A man accused of a frenzied and fatal stabbing in the middle of Westfield Parramatta shopping centre will defend the murder charge against him, his lawyer said outside a Sydney court on Tuesday.
“Kazem Mohamadi Payam, 35, was charged with murder after he allegedly stabbed a man, 40, to death in front of horrified workers, shoppers and children on Monday morning.
“He did not apply for bail but was formally refused before Parramatta Local Court. Police will allege the Iranian-born man carried out the bloodied attack outside the cosmetic section of Myer following a heated argument over a woman.
“Just 24-hours after the killing, Mr Payam sat in the holding docks of the courtroom scratching his head and playing with his beard. He spoke briefly to a Farsi interpreter and nodded to a woman sitting in the public gallery.”