A person accused of intentionally ramming a automobile into pedestrians in Melbourne has appeared in courtroom charged with 18 counts of tried homicide.
Saeed Noori, 32, was arrested on Thursday after a white SUV drove into crowds crossing one of many metropolis’s busiest intersections.
“Murder squad detectives have charged a person following an incident the place a variety of pedestrians had been struck within the Melbourne CBD on Thursday,” a press release from Victoria police mentioned.
“A 32-year-old Heidelberg West man has been charged with 18 counts of tried homicide and one depend of conduct endangering life.
“The fees comply with an incident the place it’s alleged a white 4WD struck a variety of pedestrians on the intersection of Flinders and Elizabeth Avenue.”
The assault, which police beforehand described as “deliberate”, left 18 folks injured, 12 of whom stay in hospital, whereas three are described as being in essential situation.
Noori appeared earlier than magistrates on Saturday, additionally charged with one depend of conduct endangering life, the place he was remanded in custody.
He turned emotional when he noticed his mom on the listening to, in response to ABC Information. She reportedly cried when her son entered the room, however declined to speak to reporters after leaving the courtroom.
Victoria police have mentioned they don’t imagine the assault was associated to terrorism, however that Noori was recognized to the police and had a “historical past of drug use and psychological well being points”.