Flinders St killer who ran over pedestrians in Melbourne sentenced

The man who drove through one of Melbourne's busiest intersections and mowed down streetwalkers has been sentenced to life in prison.

In December 2017, Saeed Noori deliberately drove through the intersection of Flinders and Elizabeth Street while about 70 pedestrians were crossing the road.

On Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth ordered Noori to be jailed for a minimum of 30 years.

The 37-year-old man will be well into his 60s before he is eligible for parole.

His actions caused the death of one elderly man, and the injury of others.

He plead guilty to one charge of murder, 11 of reckless causing serious injury, and five of reckless conduct endangering life, reports The Age.

"Deliberately driving a vehicle into a crowd of people is a dreadful crime, one which undermines the rights of ordinary citizens in a civilised society to be able to go about their normal daily activities without fear of being harmed," Hollingworth told Noori.

"Your actions have horrified and traumatised many people."

Noori had paranoid delusions the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation was monitoring him. He also believed the Australian government was mistreating Muslims, and had sympathies with the Islamic State.

He was a long-time user of methamphetamines and had previously experienced drug induced psychosis.

However, he had not used drugs for two days before the attack.

The judge found these factors to have played only a minor role in Noori's deliberate decision to accelerate along Flinders Street, and drive through the red light to mow down pedestrians.

The morning of the attack, he had organised for a technician to remove the hard drive in his computer, lied to his family about where he was going, attempted to hire a car from two separate businesses, and then stole his mother's car.

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Police responded to a report of a car on fire about 4:20pm on Friday. Credits: Twitter.

A man has been shot by police after a knife attack in Melbourne.

Two people are being treated for stab wounds and a third person has died, Melbourne Police say. 

Footage of the scene shows the man approached officers with the knife. Police tried to disarm him but couldn't and the suspect was shot in the chest. 

Superintendent David Clayton of the Melbourne Police said there were no known links to terrorism. 

In a short press conference at 8.15pm NZ time he said: "The investigation is ongoing, we are keeping an open mind."

"There are no known links to terrorism at this stage."

Mr Clayton said police responded quickly to the incident, which was originally reported as a car on fire. 

"As they got out of the car they were confronted by a male brandishing a knife and threatening them. At the same time, passersby were calling out that members of the public had been stabbed.

"Police shot the male in the chest and he is now in a critical condition under guard in hospital."

Police initially responded to a report of a car on fire near the corner of Swanston Street about 4.20pm local time.

 
 

The exact circumstances are yet to be determined at this stage. The area has been cordoned off and the public are urged to avoid the area.

The Melbourne Age reports the man stopped his car on Bourke Street, not far from the Target store, and set it alight.

It is believed he then stabbed three people, before he was shot by police.

Counter-terrorism police have been notified, and they are investigating, although there is no immediate indication the incident is terror related.

Ambulance Victoria said in a statement three people are injured, one in a confirmed critical condition.

The statement said one person has been taken to hospital with a neck injury. They are in a suspected critical condition. 

A second person has been taken to hospital with a head injury. Condition not yet known.

A third person has also been taken to hospital. Condition and injuries are not yet known.

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