‘Hor­ror’ scene of Bourke St car ram­page

The West Australian - - NEWS - Re­bekah Ca­vanagh

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

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