Melbourne, Victoria

Bourke Street Mall Incident, 2017

Quick Statistics

6 Fatalities
37 Injured

On January 20 2017, a vehicle with one occupant (the driver) drove a car through the pedestrian mall in Bourke Street, and continued to travel along the footpath on Bourke Street in Melbourne's CBD at high speed

The vehicle killed 6 people and led to 37 others being hospitalised for their injuries.  The youngest victim was only 3 months old.

The driver was sentenced to life imprisonment, for multiple counts of recklessly endangering life and 6 counts of murder. His sentence carries a 46 year non-parole period. 


The Age, 'Bourke Street Mall incident: what we know so far', 10 January 2017, website viewed 19 May 2021 
ABC News, 'Melbourne car attack: death toll hits 5 after 3 month old baby dies', 21 January 2017, website viewed 19 May 2021 
The Herald Sun, 'Blackburn south women dies in hospital after bourke street rampage', 31 January 2017, website viewed 19 May 2021
The Guardian, ' Bourke Street killer James Gargasoulas hailed for like over massacre', 22 February 2019, website viewed 19 May 2021
DPP v Gargasoulas [2019] VSC 87