A man accused of stabbing small business owner Morgan Huxley to death in his Neutral Bay unit has waived his right to a committal hearing and will fight the charges in front of a jury, a Sydney court heard on Thursday.
Daniel Jack Kelsall, 21, is accused of indecently assaulting Mr Huxley and stabbing him up to 28 times in the bedroom of his Watson Street unit in September last year.
His lawyer George Breton said Kelsall would later plead not guilty to breaking into Mr Huxley's unit, indecently assaulting him and later killing him.
He will also plead not guilty to stealing a few coins and a mobile phone on the night of the murder.
"He has exercised his right to have those matters determined by a jury," Mr Breton said.
"By effect of the waiver of committal (he is) pleading not guilty to the charge of murder and the associated charges that go along with that," he said.
Mr Kelsall also entered a plea of not guilty in relation to two counts of possessing child pornography before Central Local Court.Those matters will be dealt with by a lower court.
The kitchen hand will have his matter mentioned before the Supreme Court in August where it is expected a date for his trial will be set.
Two members of Morgan Huxley's family watched as the accused killer appeared on the court's video link screen, dressed in prison greens.
Mr Kelsall, who wore silver glasses, stared straight ahead and only spoke when Magistrate Les Mabbott asked him if he could hear properly.
On the night of his death, Mr Huxley was found barely alive by his Irish flatmate Jean Redmond in the early hours of September 8.
Paramedics were called but he died a short time later.
The 31-year-had spent the day at a friend’s engagement party and was last seen walking out of the Oaks Hotel after a nightcap at about 1.30am.
Security footage last captured him talking to a man wearing chef's pants at a busy intersection less than 150 metres from his unit.
Police arrested Mr Kelsall after a four-week investigation under intense media scrutiny and speculation.
Homicide detectives say that, on the night of the alleged murder, Mr Kelsall struck up a conversation with Mr Huxley at a set of traffic lights in front of Thai restaurant Stir Crazy.
He then followed Mr Huxley home.
Mr Kelsall was contracted to clean dishes after hours at the Sydney Cooking School, a business that is less than 100 metres from Mr Huxley’s unit.
He had worked in the hours leading up to the alleged murder and returned to work the following day.