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Australia Chilling footage emerges showing ice addict's rampage through Bourke Street Mall moments before mowing down and killing a Dutch cyclist

22:12  07 november  2019
22:12  07 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Footage shows Michael Panayides, 28,(pictured) rampaging around Bourke Street Mall on tram lines, almost striking two, in the moments before he hit and killed Dutch cyclist Gitta Scheenhouwer© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Footage shows Michael Panayides, 28,(pictured) rampaging around Bourke Street Mall on tram lines, almost striking two, in the moments before he hit and killed Dutch cyclist Gitta Scheenhouwer Shocking footage of the moments before a drug-addicted driver ran down and killed a Dutch cyclist has been revealed.

The CCTV footage from Melbourne's CBD shows Michael Panayides, 28, driving erratically along tram lines through Bourke Street Mall in August, 2018.

Concerned witnesses can be seen watching on as Panayides puts the public's safety at risk in a stolen Mercedes, but no alarm was raised.

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a close up of a busy city street: At one moment Panayides almost drives out in front of a tram moving at speed before he slams on his breaks and concerned pedestrian step around the stolen car wearily© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited At one moment Panayides almost drives out in front of a tram moving at speed before he slams on his breaks and concerned pedestrian step around the stolen car wearily

Even when Panayides almost struck two separate trams, police were not called, Seven News reported.

On Chapel Street he sped up from 69 km/h to 80 km/h - double the speed limit - and swerved into the cycle lane while trying to overtake a car.

Panayides' erratic and dangerous driving ended when he struck that car, rolled the Mercades and slammed into Dutch cyclist Gitta Scheenhouwer.

a car parked on a city street: In Chapel Street he sped up from 69 km/h to 80 km/h and swerved into the cycle lane while trying to undertake a car which he struck (pictured) before running Ms Scheenhouwer© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited In Chapel Street he sped up from 69 km/h to 80 km/h and swerved into the cycle lane while trying to undertake a car which he struck (pictured) before running Ms Scheenhouwer Panayides was on his way to buy more drugs at the time of the crash.

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Ms Scheenhouwer died at the scene.

'I'm going to have to live with this,' he told witnesses who tried to get him to stay.

However he left the scene and was arrested after photos shared publicly identified him two days later.

a group of people walking down the street: In a second incident before the fatal hit and run Panayides almost runs into the back of another tram before moving on and running down Ms Scheenhouwer© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited In a second incident before the fatal hit and run Panayides almost runs into the back of another tram before moving on and running down Ms Scheenhouwer After his arrest he told police he had used heroin 'yesterday or the day before'.

The scene captured on CCTV is in the same area where the Bourke Street Massacre happened when James Gargasoulas ran down and killed six people in January, 2017.

The homeless 28-year-old pleaded guilty to culpable driving causing the death.

a bridge over a body of water with a city in the background: Ms Scheenhouwer (pictured) was cycling down the bike lane on Chapel Street in South Yarra when Panayides collided with her, she was pronounced dead at the scene© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ms Scheenhouwer (pictured) was cycling down the bike lane on Chapel Street in South Yarra when Panayides collided with her, she was pronounced dead at the scene

Panayides told police he believed the crash was an accident, caused by him knocking a lever near the steering wheel forcing the car to speed up - a claim not supported by technical reports.

Judge Michael McInerney described Panayides' attempt to pass the car in front as a 'totally pointless exercise', expecting he could not have done it even if Ms Scheenhouwer was not in the cycle lane.

Panayides is due to be sentenced on November 15.

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