Final farewell: Friends and family at the funeral of Morgan Huxley at Macquarie Park Crematorium. Photo: Sahlan Hayes
Morgan Huxley's alleged killer was not a prime suspect but all that changed when he made the decision to contact police, sources close to the investigation have told Fairfax Media.
Huxley was stabbed to death in the bedroom of his Neutral Bay unit in the early hours of September 8.
Fairfax Media has learnt the investigation into Daniel Jack Kelsall's activities was made the major focus when the 20-year-old voluntarily contacted police.
Victim: Morgan Huxley. Photo: Supplied
A source close to the case said Mr Kelsall told police he had been intimately involved with Huxley on the night he was stabbed to death.
Amid swirling rumour about Huxley's romantic engagements with a succession of women, it was the break police had been waiting for and later led to Mr Kelsall's arrest.
The young chef's assistant allegedly said the pair had met up and walked home to Huxley's Watson Street unit, where he was allowed to come inside.
He told police that he and Huxley engaged in a consensual sexual activity before he left Huxley's unit sometime before 3am.
Mr Kelsall then allegedly told police he saw a ''young woman'' going into Huxley's unit as he was leaving. What happened next, he did not know.
It is understood police have not accepted Mr Kelsall's version of the night's events.
Homicide detectives have described Huxley as ''popular with the ladies'' and have never suggested he had homosexual tendencies.
An Oaks Hotel barmaid said she had been in contact with Huxley the same night but was unable to meet up with him because she was busy with university study.
Another woman who Huxley had been romantically linked with at the time said she had also been in contact with him the same night.
After Mr Kelsall's renewed account of the night, police conducted a series of search warrants. The Sydney Cooking School on Military Road, where Mr Kelsall said he worked, was searched.
Owner Brett Deverall said police had turned his business upside down and all 96 knives on the premises had been accounted for.
The search was conducted the week before Mr Kelsall's arrest.
''They searched to see if we had any knives,'' Mr Deverall said.
Mr Deverall, who maintained Mr Kelsall never worked for him, said police had even searched the roof of his business.
As many people continued to speculate about which ''jilted lover'' had killed Huxley, Military Road business owners said they had known for some time that police were gathering evidence against a young, homosexual man.
One bar owner said police had shown still images of Mr Kelsall, captured from security vision taken from Vinnies on Military Road.
Police have reviewed thousands of hours of security footage, including frames that captured a lanky figure running behind Huxley after he left the Oaks Hotel on Military Road about 1.30am.
Mr Kelsall was dressed in chequered pants and a long-sleeved black chef's jacket and carrying a satchel. He caught up with the 31-year-old at a set of traffic lights in front of Thai restaurant Stir Crazy.
Less than 90 minutes later, the satchel was stained with blood, police will allege in court.
Police believe the pair did not know each other. But they certainly would recognise one another and possibly chatted at the many Neutral Bay shops at which they both ate.
While Huxley was almost a permanent fixture at the Oaks Hotel, Mr Kelsall spent every day at a cluster of takeaway shops across the road.
Mr Kelsall was described by business owners as a friendly loner who was never without a paperback in hand. He would often dine by himself and carried his ''chef kit'' with him.
Huxley also drank coffee at the Chef and Barista, the business that shared the same premises at Sydney Cooking School, where Mr Kelsall said he worked as a chef's assistant.
Homicide detectives arrested Mr Kelsall from his family's Spruson Street unit on October 8. It was exactly one month after Huxley was stabbed in the bedroom of his unit.
Mr Kelsall is expected to face court next week charged with one count of murder and one of larceny.