Matthew Wright, 23, appeared in Sydney’s Central Local Court handcuffed via video link from the Surry Hills Police Centre, where he spent last night in the cells.
Mr Wright was charged with wound with intent cause grievous bodily harm after the alleged stabbing attack at a City of Sydney council depot on Tuesday afternoon.
The alleged victim, council street sweeper Nathan Peters, suffered multiple stab wounds to his face, neck, mouth and upper body.
Mr Wright did not apply for bail during a brief hearing before Magistrate Robert Williams in court where two friends or family members were present.
The bearded council worker and Mr Peters were believed to have finished their shifts at the City of Sydney council’s depot in Alexandria yesterday before the alleged attack about 2pm.
Police arrived at the Alexandra Canal Depot and paramedics treated Mr Peters, 23, who was given a blood transfusion before being transported to St Vincent’s Hospital in a serious condition.
Mr Wright was arrested at the scene and was taken to Mascot Police Station where he was charged with one count of wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Witnesses allegedly reported seeing the M Peters stabbed numerous times, according to Seven News.
Unconfirmed reports said the violence may have stemmed from an argument between the two workers over bullying.
Colleagues of the two men reportedly restrained the alleged attacker until police arrived.
“One of the other workmen has grabbed some tyres and basically bound the man waiting for the arrival of police,” Superintendent Andrew Holland told reporters on Tuesday.
The City of Sydney released a statement confirming they were assisting police but would not comment further..
“The City of Sydney is aware of an incident involving two contract workers outside its Alexandra Canal Depot in Alexandria around 2pm today,” the statement said.
“We are assisting police with their investigation and have offered support to all staff at the depot.
“Any further inquiries should be directed to NSW Police.”
Allegations of a culture of bullying among City of Sydney council workers have surfaced before, going back almost a decade, and following the death of a ranger in 2015.
However, in 2017 a controversial, commissioned report into bullying at the City’s rangers’ department remained secret after the Civil and Administrative Tribunal ruled in favour of the City, which argued the release of the report was on balance not in the public interest.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding Tuesday’s incident and anyone who witnessed or has with information are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Mr Wright will next appear in court on January 16, 2020.