The driver accused of mowing down and killing six people in Bourke Street believes he was possessed by a demon at the time, a court has been told.
James Gargasoulas, 27, is before the Supreme Court of Victoria this week for a special hearing to determine if he is fit to stand trial.
Psychologist Michael Daffern, who believes Mr Gargasoulas understands the legal process and is fit to stand trial, told the court on Thursday the accused killer thought he saw a “pixelated monster” a number of weeks before the alleged rampage on January 20 last year.
Dr Daffern said Mr Gargasoulas, who suffers treatment-resistant paranoid schizophrenia, also believed that he saw a demon and was possessed during the event because he couldn’t stop his fast driving.
“I fully agree that Mr Gargasoulas is unwell and often speaks about his delusional beliefs,” he said.