Bourke Street deaths: James Gargasoulas found fit to stand trial for murder

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A man accused of mowing down pedestrians in Melbourne’s Bourke Street has been found fit to stand trial.

James Gargasoulas, 27, is charged with murdering six pedestrians and injuring dozens more in January 2017.

After hearing a week of evidence about his treatment-resistant paranoid schizophrenia, a supreme court jury on Monday determined in less than five hours that he was fit to stand trial.

The court was told Gargasoulas had “bizarre delusions” about being the Messiah and believed that if convicted he would spend only two years behind bars because a deadly comet would hit the earth in 2020.

But Gargasoulas also told mental health experts that he wished to be found fit to stand trial.

The trial is expected to begin next month.