Bourke St Killer James Gargasoulas To Be Sentenced Today

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21 February 2019

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Melbourne killer James Gargasoulas is set to learn his term of imprisonment for murdering six pedestrians and injuring dozens more.

In one of the city's darkest days, Gargasoulas used a stolen car to mow down and kill six people on the busy Bourke Street mall on January 20, 2017.

The 29-year-old's victims included three-month-old baby Zachary Bryant, who was thrown 60 metres from his pram, and 10-year-old girl Tahlia Hakin.

Gargasoulas injured dozens of others, knocking them to the ground and into walls while driving in a drug-induced psychosis.

Family of the victims are expected to fill the Supreme Court when Gargasoulas is sentenced for his crimes on Friday.

Grieving relatives recently told the court of their pain, with the brother of Japanese victim Yosuke Kanno saying he will "continue suffering from this until I die".

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

"Never in my wildest nightmares did I think I would have to bury one of my precious children," she told a plea hearing in January.

In a letter read to the court, Gargasoulas insisted he was not evil and blamed "government oppression" for the murders.

He also maintained he was the Messiah and acted on the wishes of God on the day of the massacre, but said he was in a "bad headspace".

Gargasoulas pleaded not guilty to killing Zachary, Tahlia, Ms Mudie, Mr Kanno, 25, Matthew Si, 33, and Bhavita Patel, 33.

But in November it took a jury less than an hour to unanimously find him guilty of the six murders and 27 counts of reckless conduct endangering life.

An earlier jury found Gargasoulas, who suffers treatment-resistant paranoid schizophrenia, was fit to stand trial.

Justice Mark Weinberg is due to sentence Gargasoulas on Friday.

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