The accused Bourke Road driver will give proof from the witness field throughout his trial to elucidate his “crucial cause” for killing six folks and injuring dozens extra, as James Gargasoulas’ defence barrister concedes he was in a drug-induced psychosis when he ran the pedestrians down.
Mr Gargasoulas’ trial has opened within the Victorian Supreme Courtroom as he fights six homicide expenses and 27 counts of reckless conduct endangering life for intentionally working over pedestrians in Melbourne’s CBD in January 2017.
The 28-year-old has pleaded not responsible regardless of agreeing to nearly all the info of the prosecution’s case, together with that he was in a drug-induced psychosis on the time of the rampage.
Defence barrister Theo Alexander instructed the jury Mr Gargasoulas has a psychological sickness however neither his psychological state now, or his drug-induced psychosis on the time of the tragedy, supplied a defence to the costs.
“He says that he had a vital cause, or causes, for what occurred on the 20th of January 2017,” he stated.
“Mr Gargasoulas, for higher or for worse, is completely dedicated to his rationalization and as one other jury discovered, he’s match to face trial.
“He’s accordingly entitled to say what he needs in regards to the offences with which he is been charged.”
Dr Alexander stated Mr Gargasoulas would give proof in the course of the week-long trial after the prosecution had closed its case.
The trial earlier than Justice Mark Weinberg and a jury of seven ladies and 6 males continues.