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Murder accused thinks he's Jesus, says doc

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June 13, 2018

Bourke St rampage accused Dimitrious Gargasoulas believes he's "the messiah", a psychiatrist says.

The first of four medical experts is expected to face intense questioning in court to determine the mental fitness of a man charged over Melbourne's deadly Bourke Street rampage.

A 12-person Victorian Supreme Court jury is on Wednesday scheduled to hear from a psychiatrist who will give his opinion on the health of Dimitrious "Jimmy" Gargasoulas to help jurors decide whether he's fit to stand trial.

The 28-year-old is charged with six counts of murder and 28 charges of attempted murder over the January 20, 2017 rampage through the city's pedestrian mall.

Gargasoulas' lawyer Theo Alexander told Tuesday's opening of the special hearing that he must establish his client is unfit to stand trial.

The court was told Gargasoulas has schizophrenia, a diagnosis agreed by both prosecution and defence experts.

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