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Australia Flinders Street car attack: Accused driver Saeed Noori has paranoid schizophrenia, court told

05:56  31 july  2018
05:56  31 july  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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The man accused of deliberately driving a car into pedestrians on Flinders Street in Melbourne's CBD, killing one and injuring more than a dozen others, has a major mental illness, a court is told .

The man accused of deliberately driving a car into pedestrians on Flinders Street in Melbourne's CBD, killing one and injuring more than a dozen others, has "a major mental illness", a court is told . Saeed Noori , 33, is facing one charge of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder over the

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The man accused of deliberately driving a car into pedestrians on Flinders Street in Melbourne's CBD, killing one and injuring more than a dozen others, has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, a court has been told.

Saeed Noori, 33, is facing one charge of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder over the alleged attack at the busy intersection of Flinders and Elizabeth streets on December 21 last year.

Mr Noori was initially charged with 18 counts of attempted murder, but homicide squad detectives upgraded one of those charges in January after the death of 83-year-old Antonios Crocaris in hospital.

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Mr Noori is also facing other charges including reckless conduct endangering life.

He appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court via video link from custody today.

His lawyer, Dermot Dann QC, told the court his client had a previous diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia.

"Expert opinion is this man has a major mental illness," Mr Dann told the court.

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The man accused of deliberately driving a car into pedestrians on Flinders Street in Melbourne's CBD, killing one man and injuring 17 others, will have a psychiatric assessment to determine if he is fit to stand trial, a court is told .

Paranoid schizophrenia , also called schizophrenia , paranoid type is a sub-type of schizophrenia The man accused of deliberately driving a car into pedestrians on Flinders Street in Melbourne's CBD, killing Defence counsel Amy Campbell said he had been struggling with mental health issues

However, the court heard Mr Noori's "intent" was still an issue and it was yet to be established whether a defence of mental impairment would be open to him.

The court heard a "radicalisation" witness would give evidence in the case, along with police and paramedics, who would testify about his demeanour on the day.

Mr Noori, an Australian citizen of Afghan descent, was apprehended by an off-duty police officer shortly after the vehicle he was driving crashed.

The incident, just after 4:40pm on December 21, left 19 people hospitalised, including Mr Noori and a four-year-old boy.

The off-duty police officer had to undergo surgery for an injury to his finger that he sustained while arresting Mr Noori.

Nine of the injured people were foreign nationals from countries including South Korea, China, Italy, India, Venezuela, Ireland and New Zealand.

Mr Noori will return to court for a two-day committal hearing in September.

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