Oliver Huxley sat quietly at the back of a court room as his brother’s alleged killer complied with a police request to take a sample of his DNA.
Daniel Jack Kelsall appeared briefly before Central Local Court on Tuesday, charged with the stabbing death of small businessman Morgan Huxley in his Neutral Bay unit the early hours of September 8.
The 20-year-old has not entered a plea to one count each of murder and larceny.
The court heard Mr Kelsall had ‘‘no opposition’’ to a ‘‘forensic procedure’’ in which police would take swabs of his DNA, and also take some photographs of him.
“There is no opposition – he’s not resisting at all,” his solicitor George Breton said.
‘‘I would ask the media present in court to respect the presumption of innocence and to respect the privacy of my client’s family.’’
Outside court, Mr Breton said he would not comment on his client’s family or give any indication as to what his client would plead.
Oliver Huxley walked out of the Liverpool Street court with a supporter and made no comment to a waiting media pack.
Fairfax Media reported on Tuesday that just hours after Mr Huxley was stabbed to death, Mr Kelsall returned to work and told colleagues he was shocked and "scared to walk home".
Mr Kelsall showed up to clean dishes at the Sydney Cooking School, Neutral Bay less than 12 hours after the murder. His boss, Brett Deverall, said the accused suffered from Asperger’s syndrome and was a contractor who came into his business to clean after hours.
Homicide detectives interviewed Mr Kelsall at North Sydney police station in the weeks after Mr Huxley’s death and later seized his satchel and glasses for forensic testing.
After the 20-year-old was first interviewed by police, a source close to the case said he voluntarily contacted them and told them he had been intimately involved with Mr Huxley on the night he was killed.
Mr Kelsall, who was arrested last Tuesday, did not apply for bail and he was formally refused bail by Magistrate Les Mabbott.
The matter was adjourned to January 14.