Mel­bourne mourns cafe icon who tried to help mad­man TER­ROR TEARS AT CITY’S SOUL


SISTO Malaspina was mur­dered af­ter rush­ing to help.

The co-owner of iconic Mel­bourne cafe Pel­le­grini’s went to see if any­one was in­side a burn­ing ute, un­aware the blaze was not an ac­ci­dent.

Mr Malaspina, 74, was then stabbed in the neck when ter­ror­ist Has­san Khalif Shire Ali jumped out of the ute.

His death sent a shock­wave through the city and he is be­ing re­mem­bered as “the hap­pi­est per­son you could imag­ine”.

A woman who came to his aid spoke yes­ter­day of the des­per­ate at­tempts to per­form CPR to save his life and of his peace­ful fi­nal mo­ments.

The mother, who had med­i­cal train­ing, said there was no chance of sur­vival.

“I know I did ev­ery­thing I could to try and save this poor man,” she said.

“I made the sign of the cross on his fore­head and said, ‘I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry, at least you are now at peace’.

“The last bit was peace­ful but ev­ery­thing else was vi­o­lent. I had to wipe the blood off his brow, I needed to give him that dig­nity be­cause his face was so kind.”

More shock­ing im­ages of the car­nage emerged yes­ter­day, with CCTV footage graph­i­cally show­ing the mo­ment a 24-year-old Hamp­ton Park se­cu­rity guard was stabbed in the neck.

Shire Ali is pic­tured with his deadly knife raised, charg­ing at the guard who ap­peared to be caught by sur­prise.

Hollywood stars, politi­cians and loyal Pel­le­grini’s cus­tomers were among those pay­ing tribute to Mr Malaspina.

The hard-work­ing Ital­ian im­mi­grant was a fix­ture in his tra­di­tional Ital­ian cafe, like it had been for more than four decades, work­ing up to 70 hours a week. He had wel- comed his hi first fi grand­child just over a week ago.

Nino Pan­grazio, co-owner in Pel­le­grini’s, which had be­come a Mel­bourne tourist at­trac­tion, was dis­traught at the loss of his friend.

“He loved life. He was al­ways happy. Never a bad word, never a dull mo­ment,” he said. “The hap­pi­est per­son you could imag­ine. Al­ways had a smile. Al­ways had a smile for a pretty face, al­ways with a joke.”

Ac­tor Russell Crowe, Wig­gle Anthony Field, Olympian Tam­syn Lewis, Vic­to­rian Premier Daniel An­drews and Fed­eral La­bor Leader Bill Shorten were among those who paid tribute yes­ter­day.

The cafe owner was just a few hun­dred me­tres from his restau­rant when he died. Last night it re­sem­bled a shrine as lo­cals left flowers out­side.

Shire Ali also stabbed Rod Pat­ter­son, 58, in the head af­ter he went to help a vic­tim, as well as the Hamp­ton Park se­cu­rity guard.

Both re­mained in hospi­tal last night but were ex­pected to re­cover from their in­juries.

A brave po­lice of­fi­cer shot Shire Ali in the chest to stop him from hurt­ing any­one else and he died later in hospi­tal.

Po­lice be­lieve Shire Ali planned to kill many more peo­ple in Fri­day’s at­tack.

They be­lieve the way that he packed gas cylin­ders into his ute be­fore set­ting it alight showed he aimed to cause mass ca­su­al­ties.

But fail­ing to build a more so­phis­ti­cated bomb is be­lieved to have spared many lives.

Po­lice hope items – in­clud­ing com­put­ers and phones – seized dur­ing early-morn­ing raids yes­ter­day will pro­vide an in­sight into his evil ac­tions.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice Chief Com­mis­sioner Gra­ham Ash­ton said the ex­plo­sives in Ali’s ute were poorly pre­pared.

“It was not so­phis­ti­cated,”

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