Current James Gargasoulas Bourke St killer trial - Prosecutors push for life without parole

shellyg

Spec Moderator
Dec 27, 2016
7,484
11,057
No Surrender
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
James Gargasoulas, who went on a rampage through Melbourne’s Bourke Street and mowed down pedestrians, has been found guilty of murdering six people and endangering the life of 27 others.

A supreme court jury took just over an hour to find the 28-year-old, who admitted killing six people in a Bourke Street rampage on 20 January 2017, guilty of all charges.




Yesterday, prosecutors argued Gargasoulas should never be released.

Gargasoulas, 29, faced the Supreme Court on Tuesday for a pre-sentence hearing that will help decide whether the killer will one day be eligible for parole, or authorities throw away the key.

His criminal history was laid out, with the court hearing that between 2009 and 2014 Gargasoulas faced nearly two dozen violence-related charges including assaulting police, reckless conduct endangering serious injury, recklessly causing injury, unlawful assault, driving offences and aggravated burglary.

On at least two occasions he had escaped from police.

In documents submitted to the court on Tuesday, Crown prosecutors argued Gargasoulas' crimes represented the worst examples of murder in Victoria and he should never be granted parole.

Gargasoulas' offending showed "unspeakable disregard" for the sanctity of human life, the prosecution said.

Criminal History

He's back in court today as victims tell of the trauma he caused.

Of course there are six killed but one who died was Zachary Matthew-Bryant. He was asleep next to his two-year-old sister, Zara, when their pram was hit by a car speeding up the footpath in January, 2017.

Their pram became lodged in the windscreen of the car, which was driven by James Gargasoulas.


pram.jpg





Presentencing Hearing Continues
 

(Log in to remove this ad.)

shellyg

Spec Moderator
Dec 27, 2016
7,484
11,057
No Surrender
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
He admitted guilt but did he plead not guilty? Insanity? Why the jury? He's one that the death sentence wouldn't be wasted on.
He's blamed government oppression for what he did. Again. But this time to the victims families calling himself a freedom fighter and God. His speech in entirety demonstrates he's clearly stark raving mad and his meds aren't working.

https://www.9news.com.au/2019/01/31/15/16/news-melbourne-gargasoulas-bourke-st-rampage-blames-government-and-monarchys-misdeeds
 

(Log in to remove this ad.)

Burton89onegoal

Team Captain
Jan 1, 2019
302
686
AFL Club
Port Adelaide
With this and the Darwin shootings and so many more, its amazing that our society still hasnt worked out how to implement better safeguards against people who have demonstrated a propensity for violence over a period of time.
 

Snake_Baker

L'enfant terrible
Apr 24, 2013
50,692
96,937
inside your head
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
The Unicornia Reactants
With this and the Darwin shootings and so many more, its amazing that our society still hasnt worked out how to implement better safeguards against people who have demonstrated a propensity for violence over a period of time.

The state monopoly on violence denies us the right to carry arms for our defence.
 

Perth gal

Premiership Player
Oct 19, 2015
3,939
3,279
AFL Club
West Coast
This whole situation was handled so badly by the police. They received phone call after phone call about this guy in the hours leading up to this crime. If I was a relative of one of the persons deceased I would be so angry. My child was actually visiting Melbourne that day from interstate . He was dropped off around the corner and within minutes he was yelled at by the police and told to leave the area immediately. Really frightened him.
 

SunGirl89

Club Legend
Feb 19, 2019
1,312
870
AFL Club
Gold Coast
Other Teams
Liverpool
is good police work sending dozens of text messages while you and the recipient are both driving?
 

Snake_Baker

L'enfant terrible
Apr 24, 2013
50,692
96,937
inside your head
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
The Unicornia Reactants
This whole situation was handled so badly by the police. They received phone call after phone call about this guy in the hours leading up to this crime. If I was a relative of one of the persons deceased I would be so angry. My child was actually visiting Melbourne that day from interstate . He was dropped off around the corner and within minutes he was yelled at by the police and told to leave the area immediately. Really frightened him.
It was handled badly by authorities in other departments before he became an issue for the cops.
 

Iworkthecircus

Team Captain
Jan 6, 2018
579
274
AFL Club
GWS

Top Bottom