Warning: This article deals with domestic violence and terrorism and may be distressing for some readers.
Three months before James Gargasoulas would kill six people in Melbourne’s Bourke Street mall, he punched his girlfriend, who was 19 weeks pregnant, repeatedly in the face.
It was October 2016, and the 26-year-old was convinced his partner was cheating on him.
“He punched me with his clenched right… fist in my left eye. It felt like he then tried to eye gouge me,” she told police at the time.
“I don’t know how many times he punched me in the face… I was so scared.”
Nine months before that attack, Gargasoulas had intentionally t-boned her car because of his paranoia about her cheating. She was left with spinal injuries, and spent more than three weeks in hospital.
Speaking to ABC’s Four Corners on Monday night, Gargasoulas’ brother Angelo said this violence wasn’t an anomaly. He’d seen it many times before.
Watch a snippet of the Four Corners investigation here. Post continues after video.