Jury dismissed after failing to agree if accused driver fit for trial.
The Victorian Supreme Court jury determining if accused Bourke Street driver James Gargasoulas is mentally fit to stand trial has been discharged after failing to agree despite three days of deliberations, reports ABC news.
The jury of eight men and four women began its deliberations on Monday afternoon.
Mr Gargasoulas is charged with six counts of murder and 28 counts of attempted murder after allegedly driving his car at people in the lunchtime crowds in Melbourne’s CBD in January last year.
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His defence lawyers had argued he was mentally unfit to stand trial on the basis that he remained profoundly psychotic and was experiencing intrusive delusions due to his schizophrenia, which remained treatment-resistant.
The court previously heard the 28-year-old believed he was the second coming of Jesus Christ and needed to save the world.
The medical professionals who assessed Mr Gargasoulas all concluded he was not faking his mental illness.
The jury was unable to reach the unanimous decision required on his fitness to stand trial and, as a result, was discharged by Supreme Court Justice Lex Lasry today.
The matter will be back before the court in late July.
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