A jury has watched in tears as it was shown a six-minute-long video of accused Bourke Street killer James Gargasoulas driving erratically through the city.
In an emotional day, the court was told he would take the stand to reveal why he allegedly mowed people down.
“He looked to me that he wouldn’t stop for anything,” one witness told the court, while another said: “It was like he put his foot down and went straight through them.”
The confronting footage showed people clearly running for their lives as the maroon Commodore struck victims.
The silence of the court room was broken by gasps as the footage was shown.
In a period of just over a minute, the accused left a trail of death and carnage along Bourke Street.
Six people died in the rampage.
The jury was told about each of the 33 people injured or killed. Some were in the city celebrating birthdays, others enjoying a day with friends.
Those who survived were left with broken bones, cuts, and brain injuries, with most requiring extensive rehabilitation.
Six lives cut tragically short
Of the six people who died, Yosuke Kanno was walking with a friend, while Jess Mudie had left a business meeting to eat with colleagues.
Matthew Si had just unknowingly shared his last meal with his wife, while Bhativa Patel was walking back from lunch with work mates.
Thalia, 10, was off to see a magic show with her family.
Zachary Bryant was in a pram after a trip to the Melbourne Museum.
The jury was told told it all began after the accused allegedly stabbed his brother with a kitchen knife, leaving him in a critical condition.
For almost 12 hours, police pursued him as he zigzagged across Melbourne.
Tactical officers tailed him, warned not to approach him unless he was out of the car.
‘If the cops find me I will run everyone down’
He had been heard saying, “If the cops find me I will run everyone down in the city,” the court was told.
A detective who had texted Gargasoulas throughout the ordeal said he received a message saying: “God, creator, give me your strength and all your power to defeat the enemy, I will not let you down.”
Eleven minutes later he was in Bourke Street.
The same officer held back tears as he remembered seeing the injured.
“I had every intention to neutralise him, to end the problem, but the vehicle was still slowly moving and we weren’t sure if he had a knife on him, but he was shot by other members,” the officer said.
Gargasoulas nodded repeatedly as his lawyer told the court he had a very important reason for what happened.
He said Gargasoulas was committed to his explanation and would tell the jury in his own words when he takes to the stand at the end of the trial.
As he sat in the dock, the accused read a book about the Australian Constitution.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.