Arrested: Daniel Kelsall. Photo: NSW Police
The father of a young man accused of killing Morgan Huxley said his family were shocked and thinking of the victim's family.
Police arrested Daniel Jack Kelsall, 20, following the stabbing death of Mr Huxley inside a Neutral Bay unit on September 8.
The accused's father, Mark Kelsall, spoke of his family's anguish a day after his son's arrest at their Spruson Street unit. ''We are all in shock,'' Mr Kelsall said. ''We really feel for the Huxleys but we can't say much more at this stage.''
Killed: Morgan Huxley. Photo: Supplied
He said it was not appropriate for him to make any comment about his son or the case and said his family would think about making further comment at a later date.
Police will allege Mr Kelsall followed Mr Huxley from the Oaks Hotel to his Watson Street unit in the hope of engaging in sex.
There were no signs of forced entry and police believed Mr Huxley allowed his alleged killer in.
Mystery surrounds the details of Mr Kelsall's private life. He was taken into custody on Tuesday clutching a fantasy novel called The Magician. The book, by Raymond E. Feist, tells the tale of Pug, an orphan boy who is apprenticed to a master magician.
Mr Kelsall claims he is an apprentice of sorts, and has told several Neutral Bay business owners that he worked as a chef's assistant.
The 20-year-old's Facebook page states he worked at the Sydney Cooking School, the business behind The Chef and the Barista, where Mr Huxley regularly had coffee.
It also states he was a former student of Athena Montessori College in New Zealand.
But Sydney Cooking School owner-manager Brett Deverall said Mr Kelsall had lied about being an employee and maintained the accused had never worked at the business.
He said Mr Kelsall had possibly done an adult beginners' chef course but there was no evidence of him on any of his tax records or books.
''[We] can't find any record of him, he's a ghost,'' Mr Deverall said.
Police searched the cooking school thoroughly after local residents told them Mr Kelsall worked there. All 96 of the knives used during the classes had been accounted for.
''They [the police] told me they still had not found the knife,'' he said.
Mr Kelsall was well known to the employees of several takeaway shops and restaurant on Military and Ben Boyd roads. The computer games enthusiast bought takeaway from Thai in a Box at least three times a week.
Owner Sammy said he was a vegan who struck him as ''a little strange''. ''He was very quiet, always had a smile on his face and a book in his hand,'' he said.
Next door, a Crust Gourmet Pizza bar employee said he could not believe the ''small and skinny'' regular was in custody.
''My whole staff, we can't believe it. I still can't believe it.''
He said the accused had often talked of how he worked at the cooking school across the road.
''Never talked about his personal life,'' he said.
Lawyer George Breton said his client would ''potentially'' make a bail application at his next court appearance on Tuesday.