‘Horror’ scene of Bourke St car rampage
Horrific witness accounts of pedestrians desperately trying to avoid being struck during the deadly Bourke Street rampage in Melbourne early last year have emerged in court.
Lawyer Joshua Baldacchino yesterday told accused killer James Gargasoulas’ murder trial that he had just finished lunch with a friend in Hardware Lane on January 20 when he saw a maroon Holden Commodore, being driven by a man with a cigarette in his mouth, ploughing into a group of people about 1.40pm.
“People were shrieking,” Mr Baldacchino told the Supreme Court in Melbourne, where Mr Gargasoulas is facing 33 charges, including six counts of murder.
“The car hit them just like insects, thud, thud, thud, thud, people being thrown in the air.”
Aaron Jensen also described the “horrific” scenes.
“It all happened so quickly,” he said.
“First, it hit a person, a man. He went flying over the vehicle.
“Then seconds later he hit another person. I just couldn’t believe it was happening.”
The NAB banker said he saw one woman desperately trying to squash herself up against a building wall to avoid the car, but she was hit.
“I saw another man do a Superman jump away from the car, but the car clipped his legs,” Mr Jensen said.
“I remember seeing the desperation in his eyes.”
Leslie Murray, who had ducked out to Rebel Sport on his lunch break, told of how he had to make a dash behind a pole as the car steered towards him.
“It suddenly did a left-hand turn and came straight at me,” he told the jury.
“I didn’t think to stop.” it was going