James Gargasoulas handed six life sentences for Bourke Street Massacre

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"You knew full well what you were doing."

James Gargasoulas, the man who committed the 2017 Bourke St Massacre in Melbourne that resulted in the deaths of six people, has been handed six separate life sentences in court today.

Each life sentences count for each murder he was convicted of. However, Justice Mark Weinberg set a non-parole period of 46 years for what he described as a "callous and cowardly act".

James Gargasoulas was found guilty of murdering six pedestrians and injuring another 27 after speeding along a footpath in Melbourne's CBD on January 20 2017.

Justice Mark Weinberg said the crime was "one of the worst examples of mass murder in Australia’s history," and that Gargasoulas was "not suffering from a mental illness at the time of the attack, you were suffering from a drug-induced psychosis."

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.

"You knew full well what you were doing.

"You knew that, by your actions, you were likely to kill or seriously injure those who happened to be in your path."

He also noted that Gargasoulas is now "genuinely psychotic" and "is not likely to improve in the foreseeable future."

"It was entirely fortuitous that you did not kill or injure many more.

"You made no attempt to avoid people, or to slow down. You simply ploughed through them, as I have said, quite deliberately."

The 28-year-old drove at more than 60km per hour and didn't even stop after hitting a pram, which became lodged in the car's windscreen.

Image: AAP

Written By Christina Cavaleri


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