Man Murders Woman 2017 – 20 January 2017 – Bourke St attack


A fourth man has bebourke-st-victimsen charged in relation to the death of women in Australia in 2017.
On 20th January it is alleged that 26 year old Dimitrious Gargasoulas, on bail, drove his car into the busy Bourke Street Mall after allegedly assaulting his brother in a homophobic attack, allegedly stealing his stepfather’s car and allegedly taking his pregnant girlfriend hostage for some hours.
Six victims died in the attack or in the 10 days afterwards with a total of 37 victims treated by hospitals across Melbourne.
Dimitrious Gargasoulas has been charged with five counts of murder.



Image may contain: 1 person, closeupZachary Bryant (right), who was killed in the Bourke Street attack, with his sister Zara.
Three-month-old baby Zachary Bryant died at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital from injuries sustained in the attack. Zachary’s two-year-old sister, Zara, was also injured in the incident.

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10 year old Thalia Hakin from Melbourne was with her Mum and younger sister when they were struck down by the car driven by Dimitrious “Jimmy” Gargasoulas in Bourke Street Mall on Friday 20 January.

Thalia was one of one of the youngest killed. Her younger sister Maggie, 9 was also injured and her Mother Nathalie is still fighting for her life in hospital.

Thalia’s school principal, Rabbi Yehoshua Smukler, said the community was “heartbroken” by the loss of the friendly Beth Rivkah College student.

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22 year old Jess Mudie, from Wattle Grove in Sydney’s southwest, was killed when she was hit by the red Commodore driven by alleged killer Dimitrious “Jimmy” Gargasoulas in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall on Friday 20 January.

Jess was a consultant for insurance broker Marsh and was visiting her older brother in Melbourne, when she was struck while on the popular shopping strip.



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Bhavita Patel, 33yo from Blackburn South is the 6th victim to die as a result of the Bourke Street attack on Friday 20th January.
Bhavita was a senior manager with Deloitte in Melbourne & had been walking back to her office from her lunch break when she was struck down. Bhavita died in hospital just before 7.30pm on Monday 30 January – 10 days after the fatal rampage.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of all the six victims, those named and unnamed, as well as all injured in the attack.

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The summary of women killed in 2016 listed by sex of known or presumed perpetrator is located here, with the 2017 summary listed here. Unsolved cases of the death or disappearance of women are also listed on these pages where we are aware of them.

At the end of 2016, approximately 92% of the perpetrators charged with the murder, manslaughter or otherwise in relation to the death of women in Australia in 2016 were male. Where perpetrators were identified, 94% of women were killed by male perpetrators (91%) or male and female perpetrators. Only 6% of women’s deaths were caused by women acting alone.

The count of women killed by known or suspected male violence in a Australia is jointly undertaken by Reclaim the Night Perth and Women Shout Out Australia.

We report the deaths of women as accurately as possible, updating these records as we are able to. If we have misreported any facts of this case, please contact us. We do not wish to affect any future court actions and will not intentionally publish posts or comments which do this.

Please bear in mind cultural sensitivities when sharing these reports. Where it is not culturally or legally appropriate to do so, we will not report the victim’s name.

If you have any additional information about women killed by male violence in Australia in 2016, please email us at or via the facebook pages of Reclaim the Night Perth or Women Shout Out Australia.

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