(ROUGH CUT: NO REPORTER NARRATION) An Australian man who drove a car into dozens of pedestrians on a busy shopping street in central Melbourne in 2017, killing six, has been jailed for life with a minimum non-parole period of 46 years, the Victorian state Supreme Court said on Friday (February 22).
James Gargasoulas, 29, was handed a life sentence for each of the murders, whose victims included a baby and a 10-year-old girl.
"There is no excuse for murder," said a lawyer for victims' families, Genna Angelowitsch.
"if you are a danger to society, you should never be allowed to roam free.
This sentence is not harsh enough." At the time, police said the incident was not terror related and the driver had a criminal history that included domestic violence charges.
He had also been experiencing drug-induced delusions.
The incident was one of Australia's worst mass killings since the 1996 Port Arthur massacre on the southern island state of Tasmania, in which 35 people were gunned down.