Melbourne’s Bourke Street killer James Gargasoulas has been jailed for life for committing one of Australia’s “worst examples of mass murder”.
Gargasoulas, 29, was emotionless as he was sentenced to spend at least 46 years in jail for his deadly driving crimes in Victoria’s Supreme Court on Friday.
Family of the victims filled the courtroom for Justice Mark Weinberg’s ruling, which comes more than two years after the massacre.
“This was one of the worst examples of mass murder in Australian history,” the judge said.
In one of the city’s darkest days, Gargasoulas used a stolen car to mow down and kill six people in the busy Bourke St mall on January 20, 2017.
His victims included three-month-old baby Zachary Bryant, who was thrown 60 metres from his pram, and 10-year-old girl Thalia Hakin.
Gargasoulas injured dozens of others, knocking them to the ground and into walls while driving in a drug-induced psychosis.
“The horror of what you did has profoundly impacted the lives of those who were present that day,” Justice Weinberg said, noting in detail the events of the “terrifying rampage” which included caused death, broken bones, head injuries and other serious damage.