News State Victoria Accused Bourke Street driver James Gargasoulas pleads not guilty

Accused Bourke Street driver James Gargasoulas pleads not guilty

Gargasoulas Bourke Street
A detective trying to broker an arrest with the Bourke St killer rejected he was being "played by him". Photo: AAP
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Accused Bourke Street driver James Gargasoulas has pleaded not guilty to more than 30 charges – including six counts of murder – in Melbourne’s CBD in 2017.

Six people died and dozens were injured when Mr Gargasoulas allegedly drove his car at pedestrians along the Bourke Street mall and surrounding areas during a busy Friday lunchtime on January 20 last year.

On Wednesday, he was arraigned in the Supreme Court of Victoria on six charges of murder and 27 charges of reckless conduct endangering life.

Court documents allege he was “driving a motor vehicle at excessive speeds on pedestrian thoroughfares”.

Mourners reflect in silence at the floral tribute in the Bourke Street mall. Photo: Getty

Mr Gargasoulas has been in custody since the incident.

A jury has been empanelled.

Openings for the trial before Justice Mark Weinberg are expected on Thursday.

ABC