Bourke St Rampager James Gargasoulas Found Guilty

Bourke Street driver James Gargasoulas found guilty of murder

Bourke Street driver James Gargasoulas found guilty of murder

BREAKING GARGASOULAS: A jury has unanimously found James Gargasoulas GUILTY on ALL charges.

Gargasoulas pleaded not guilty to all of the counts at Melbourne Supreme Court, but admitted driving through the city's busy Bourke Street mall, a pedestrian-only street, and along pavements in January 2017, causing death and injury.

An Australian man who drove a auto into dozens of pedestrians on a busy shopping street in central Melbourne a year ago, killing six people, was found guilty of murder and reckless conduct by the Victorian state Supreme Court on Tuesday (Nov 13).

Six people were killed: Yosuke Kanno, 25, Bhavita Patel, 33, Jess Mudie, 22, Matthew Si, 33, and Thalia Hakin, 10.

Jurors in Australia took less than an hour to find James Gargasoulas guilty of all 33 charges against him, including 27 counts of reckless conduct endangering life.

The court heard he had exceeded speeds of 60km/h (37mph) during his rampage, and did not stop driving even when a pram became lodged in his windscreen.

The vehicle driven by James Gargasoulas, which he used to run down and kill six pedestrians on Bourke Street in Melbourne.

"Today, the jury formally recognised that on 20 January, 2017, James Gargasoulas murdered six innocent people and recklessly endangered the lives of 27 others", according to a statement from lawyer Genna Angelowitsch, who represents the families of five victims.

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Last week, Bourke St was the scene of an unrelated stabbing attack that left one victim dead and two others injured.

"His callous actions on that day shattered the lives of the family and friends whose loved ones he stole", they said.

On Tuesday, barrister Theo Alexander delivered a short closing address to the jury, saying the defence was not challenging the prosecution case.

Victims and families wiped away tears as the jury foreman read out the guilty verdicts after the one-week trial, Melbourne's Herald Sun reported.

"But that's not going to fix anything if I say sorry".

During the trial, Gargasoulas testified that he had received a premonition from God directing him to drive into pedestrians.

James Gargasoulas, 28, deliberately drove a stolen auto into pedestrians along Bourke St in the city centre in January a year ago.

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