Victims of 2018 Bourke Street attack sue Victoria police

Shire Ali had visited the CBD an hour before his attack, handing out leaflets preaching the Islamic faith to cafe tables at the Docklands end of Bourke Street.

He then traveled to Richmond and various locations including the Rod Laver Arena, MCG and AAMI Stadium before returning downtown.

Hassan Khalif Shire Ali tried to spread terror in the streets of Melbourne.Credit:Stuart Gaut

At around 4:20 p.m., he walked down Bourke Street in a blue rodeo ute filled with gas cylinders he had bought at Bunnings and parked between Swanston and Russell streets, before lighting the ute.

As he tried to get out, he grabbed a knife and, within 19 seconds, stabbed Mr. Malaspina to death while seriously injuring two other people who ran to Shire Ali’s rescue, fearing that he be an innocent victim of a car fire.

Shire Ali then ran towards two uniformed officers before being shot later. He died during surgery in hospital from a gunshot wound to his chest.


Many witnesses said that Shire Ali shouted “Allah” and “Allahu Akbar” as he rushed at the police and pedestrians.

In June, State Coroner John Cain discovered that the fatal knife attack was a premeditated act of terror and called for major changes in the sharing of information between criminal and intelligence agencies.

Mr Cain discovered that there had been missed opportunities before the attack, including intelligence gaps, incomplete tasks and delays in dismissing Shire Ali for assessment as part of a deradicalization program. .

Victoria Police made no comment when asked. He said he had not yet been served the court documents

Lawyers for Slater and Gordon represent all plaintiffs. The head of the firm’s liability group, Ike Nwokolo, said: “My clients suffered terrible life-changing physical and psychological injuries as a result of the Bourke Street attack in 2018.

“At this point, we seek to preserve the rights of our clients as we investigate the nature and extent of the state’s negligence in the operation of the Victoria Police Counter Terrorism Unit which has caused injuries. to our customers and others.

It is normal for people to have strong emotional or physical reactions following a scary or frightening event. People can seek help and advice by visiting their local doctor or by calling Lifeline 13 11 14, GriefLine 1300 845 745, or beyondblue 1300 224 636.

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