The woman at the centre of a suspected love triangle left court in tears as her partner faced murder charges over a brazen daylight stabbing.
Kazem Mohamadi Payam, 35, is accused of stabbing his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend to death in front of horrified shoppers at a major Sydney shopping centre on Monday.
Shoppers, including families and children enjoying school holidays, were at Parramatta's Westfield shopping centre when the alleged incident occurred on Monday.
Emergency services arrived to find the body of the man, named in court papers as 40-year-old Nabil Naser, inside the shopping centre with multiple stab wounds.
Payam did not apply for bail and it was formally refused.
He spoke to a Farsi interpreter as he faced Parramatta Local Court and reportedly sat in the docks scratching his head and playing with his beard.
Speaking outside court on Tuesday, his lawyer Georgina Namat said Payam would defend the charges.
"We are not applying for bail today but we will be applying for bail soon," she said.
"We will be defending the charges."
Media reports claim Iranian-born Payam arrived in Australia illegally by boat, and was granted a protection visa in 2010.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is considering cancelling Payam's visa.
"The accused is an illegal maritime arrival who was granted a permanent protection visa in February 2010," a spokesman for the minister said.
"The minister notes the individual has been refused bail and has called for a submission on the options available regarding his visa status."
The matter was adjourned to July 24.