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Scientology murder accused refused bail

NSW Police at the scene of a double stabbing at the Church of Scientology headquarters at Chatswood in Sydney on 3/1/19. Source: AAP

The 16-year-old accused of stabbing a Church of Scientology member will remain behind bars for at least another month.

A teenager accused of murdering a Church of Scientology member at the organisation's Australasian headquarters has again requested not to appear before a Sydney court.

The 16-year-old, who can't be named for legal reasons, did not appear when his matter was dealt with briefly at Parramatta Children's Court on Monday.

The accused's lawyer, Frank Santisi, did not apply for bail and it was formally refused.

The boy is accused of stabbing a 24-year-old man in the neck with a large kitchen knife while being escorted from the Scientology centre in Chatswood on the afternoon of January 3.

The victim, Taiwanese national Chih-Jen Yeh, subsequently died in hospital.

A 30-year-old man also suffered minor injuries in the incident.

AAP has been told the accused was visiting the centre where his mother was to undergo a "purification ceremony".

Mr Santisi outside court described his client's situation as "one of those delicate matters".

A Mandarin interpreter was on hand in court but not required after the boy requested not to appear on screen via video link.

The matter was adjourned to February 19 at Surry Hills Children's Court.

The 16-year-old's case was first mentioned in Parramatta Children's Court on Saturday when he again didn't appear via video link.

He was charged earlier that day with the murder of the Taiwanese national.

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