MELBOURNE AUTO CRASH: POLICE SAY DRIVER IN FLINDERS STREET INCIDENT CITED 'MISTREATMENT OF MUSLIMS' - Soul 2 Soul Mates Blog

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12/21/2017

MELBOURNE AUTO CRASH: POLICE SAY DRIVER IN FLINDERS STREET INCIDENT CITED 'MISTREATMENT OF MUSLIMS'

MELBOURNE AUTO CRASH: POLICE SAY DRIVER IN FLINDERS STREET INCIDENT CITED 'MISTREATMENT OF MUSLIMS'
The 32 year-old man who drove a white SUV into pedestrians at Melbourne’s busiest intersection outside Flinders Street
station “attributed some of his activities due to the mistreatment of Muslims,” police say.
Speaking to ABC news, the acting commander of Victoria police, Shane Patton, said the man was still in police custody in hospital, after being injured when he resisted arrest. Patton said the man would probably be formally interviewed on Friday, but police had spoken to him on Thursday night.
“During those discussions, he made some utterances in respect to a number of matters,” Patton said.
“He spoke of dreams and voices, but also attributed some of his activities as well due to the mistreatment of Muslims. Now, obviously we are continuing to explore this entire incident and trying to ascertain what the motivations are. We haven’t ruled anything in or out and our counter-terrorism command continues to obviously assist Crime Command in this investigation.
“As I said yesterday, he is a person who is known to have a mental illness. In fact, he was on a mental health treatment plan and missed an appointment yesterday. He has a history of drug use.”




Police had not identified that the man had any extremist connection. The man was known to police, Patton said, but was not on bail or subject to a corrections order at the time of the incident.
Patton said 12 people remained in hospital with only one, a man in his 80s, in a critical condition. He said a four-year-old boy who suffered head injuries in the crash was still in hospital and he believed his condition had “improved somewhat”.
A 24 year-old man arrested at the scene after he was seen filming the incident and found to be in possession of knives was interviewed by police on Thursday night before being released. He is expected to be charged on summons with drugs and weapons possession offences unrelated to the incident, and police do not believe he had any relationship to the driver.
An off-duty police sergeant who was injured while detaining the driver at the scene was still in hospital and was likely to have an operation on Friday morning for an injury to his hand.
“I’m told he is in good spirits and I hope to speak with him later today,” Patton said.
Police are expected to hold a press conference on Friday.


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