Man on trial for deadly Melbourne drive

By Rick Goodman, Australian Associated Press, 25 September 2018

A man accused of mowing down pedestrians outside Melbourne's Flinders Street Station before saying "Allahu Akbar", has been ordered to stand trial on murder and attempted murder charges. Saeed Noori, 33, allegedly drove his mother's Suzuki SUV into 16 pedestrians on the afternoon of December 21, including one elderly man who later died from head injuries. The incident took place at the corner of Flinders and Elizabeth streets, one of the city's busiest intersections, bringing the area to a standstill as emergency crews responded. Noori faced a committal hearing in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday and it was determined he will stand trial on one count of murder and 15 of attempted murder... "The accused said 'Allahu Akbar' two or three times," prosecutor Mark Gibson SC said of the moment Noori was being arrested. In his first police interview later that evening, Noori claimed Allah had told him to do it, court documents reveal...