The man accused of driving his car through a crowd of pedestrians in Melbourne‘s CBD has been formally charged with 18 counts of attempted murder.
Saeed Noori, 32, is also facing one charge of conduct endangering life.
Noori was arrested on Thursday after a four-wheel drive sped down Flinders St in the city’s central business district, crashing into pedestrians on a busy crossing. He was taken to police headquarters to be interviewed, and the charges were pressed later in the afternoon.
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The accused appeared in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Saturday afternoon, where he did not apply for bail.
The court was told that Noori’s motivations were still under investigation, and his defence attorney told the court his client’s mental and physical health would be an issue while he was in custody.
Nineteen people were taken to hospital after the incident, of which twelve remain. It was today revealed that nine of the injured people were foreign nationals – from South Korea, China, Italy, India, Venezuela, Ireland and New Zealand.
Noori will appear in court again on Wednesday.