Australian who rammed and killed six pedestrians jailed for life

Thousands attend a vigil for the Bourke Street victims at Federation Square in Melbourne 23 January 2017

Thousands attend a vigil for the Bourke Street victims at Federation Square in Melbourne 23 January 2017

James Gargasoulas, centre, leaves the Victorian Supreme Court after sentencing, in Melbourne, Australia.

An Australian man who drove a vehicle into dozens of pedestrians on a busy shopping street in central Melbourne in 2017, killing six, has been jailed for life with a minimum non-parole period of 46 years, the Victorian state Supreme Court said today.

Gargasoulas was handed life sentences for the six counts of murder.

The brother of Japanese victim Yosuke Kanno said he will "continue suffering from this until I die".

The prosecution argued "no parole period should be imposed in this case".

Justice Weinberg said earlier in his sentencing remarks that Gargasoulas was suffering from a drug-induced psychosis and not a mental illness at the time of the attack.

"This was one of the worst examples of mass murder in Australian history", he said. " However Weinberg did not that Gargasoulas was now "genuinely psychotic" and that his condition "is not likely to improve in the foreseeable future".

In total, six people were killed in the attack - including a three-month-old baby boy and a ten-year-old girl - while a further 36 people were injured.

Justice Weinberg, however, said that "one could not but be profoundly moved by the bad devastation that you, by your actions, brought about that day".

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Family of the victims filled the Supreme Court to watch Justice Mark Weinberg deliver his sentence on Friday. "You have shown no genuine remorse".

Justice Weinberg rejected the notion that Gargasoulas was oblivious to what was going on around him as he drove through the city, despite the fact he was in a drug-induced psychosis at the time.

Robyn Davis, the mother of victim Jess Mudie, said her daughter died three weeks before her 23rd birthday.

In a joint statement, the family of five victims said risky murderers like Gargasoulas "should never be allowed to roam freely".

Gargasoulas has claimed he is not evil and was himself a victim of "government oppression" before he drove along Bourke St.

Zachary Bryant (left) was the most flawless baby in the three months and 14 days he lived his grieving parents say.

In November past year, a jury deliberated for less than an hour before finding Gargasoulas guilty of six counts of murder and 27 charges of reckless conduct endangering life.

Last month, Crown prosecutors told the court Gargasoulas, who has been diagnosed with treatment-resistant paranoid schizophrenia, should never be released from jail.

The jury in November took just over an hour to reach their unanimous verdict and found him guilty on all charges - six murders and 27 counts of reckless conduct endangering life.

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