The brother of the man accused of mowing down pedestrians in Melbourne’s Bourke Street has broken his silence for the first time about the tragedy.
Dimitrious “Jimmy” Gargasoulas, who is accused by police of killing five pedestrians in the January 20 car rampage, also allegedly stabbed his younger brother Angelo (pictured, right).
In an interview with Seven News, the men’s mother claimed the alleged altercation was a homophobic attack after the two brothers had a heated argument over Angelo’s sexuality.
The attack left Angelo Gargasoulas fighting for his life in hospital, but he took to Facebook on the weekend to update friends on his condition and send his thoughts to the other families affected by the tragedy.
“To all the families of the victims involved in last Fridays tragedy, my heart goes out to you and for all those still fighting in hospital, my thoughts are with you and your recovery,” he wrote.
“No one could’ve predicted what Jimmy did or that he’d do that, that morning.
“I’m fortunate enough to still have my life and the support I have received is unheard of!!! I thank everyone involved in making this an easier time for everyone else involved, and my family.
“As for me, I still got some recovery time to do, and it’s all looking good…
“Still in disbelief, the realism of it all has yet to fully sink in, stay strong Melbourne!”
The Victorian Government has set up a donation fund to support the families affected by the attack.