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Court finds Melbourne's Bourke Street rampage accused fit to stand trial

James 'Dimitrious' Gargasoulas has been found guilty of murder. Source: AAP

Murder-accused James Gargasoulas has been found fit to stand trial on multiple charges over a deadly rampage through Melbourne's Bourke Street.

A man accused of mowing down pedestrians in Melbourne's Bourke Street with a car has been found fit to stand trial.

James "Dimitrious" Gargasoulas, 27, is charged with murdering six pedestrians and injuring dozens more in January 2017.

It took a Supreme Court jury less than five hours to reach its decision on Monday. A previous jury was unable to determine if Gargasoulas was fit.

The verdict followed a week of evidence about Gargasoulas' treatment-resistant paranoid schizophrenia and "bizarre delusions".

James Gargasoulas (centre) is transferred from a prison van at the Supreme Court in Melbourne, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING
James Gargasoulas is transferred from a prison van at the Supreme Court in Melbourne.
AAP

Doctors said he has "Messianic delusions" and believes he will become king before the end of a trial.

He told experts that if he was convicted he would spend less than two years behind bars because people would either march for his release or a comet would hit earth and "burn us all" in mid-2020.

He said he had lived seven times before and the comet had hit at that time in his last life.

Gargasoulas also told doctors he was "very keen" to be found fit to stand trial because he wanted people to hear and believe his warnings.

Experts disagreed on whether he was fit to stand trial.

Psychiatrist Andrew Carroll did not believe he was rationally capable of entering a plea.

He's facing six murder charges and 28 counts of reckless conduct endangering life.

Psychologist Michael Daffern said while he believed Gargasoulas was unwell he had demonstrated a capacity for rational decision making.

The trial is set to begin next Wednesday.

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