The person accused of a three-hour spate of stabbings throughout Melbourne had three warrants out for his arrest, a court has been advised.
Christopher Raftopoulos, 31, returned to the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday after refusing to depart his cell when the case was known as in court on Monday.
On the time, the court was advised Mr Raftopoulos was displaying signs of “catatonic schizophrenia”, and was “not even speaking in any respect”.
Lawyer Michael Amad mentioned the person was “not ready to talk to anybody”.
“I spoke to him an hour in the past, he doesn’t want to communicate to anybody,” he mentioned.
“I did ask if he wished to see anybody and his reply is not any.”
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Because the case returned on Friday, Mr Raftopoulos instantly rejected Mr Amad as his lawyer, saying; “I’ll signify myself”.
“This man shouldn’t be my lawyer, he has no benefit in the case of me,” he mentioned.
Throughout a number of outbursts, Mr Raftopoulos claimed on March 22 final yr he “achieved the last word safety of each planet within the photo voltaic system”.
“On the twenty second March final yr I’ve protected the solar and each planet on the photo voltaic system,” he mentioned.
“Justice of the Peace Casey, what do it’s a must to say for your self?”
He additionally claimed “I have no idea what I’m in custody for”.
In court police filed an software for Mr Raftopoulos to endure an unspecified “obligatory medical examination”, however Justice of the Peace Megan Casey determined to adjourn this for every week.
“Given the very apparent considerations about Mr Raftopoulos’ skill to correctly take part immediately I feel that needs to be adjourned,” she mentioned.
She additionally refused Mr Raftopoulos’ request to “launch me now”, saying a bail software could possibly be made at an “applicable time”.
Virtually three hours later Mr Raftopoulos returned to court earlier than a distinct Justice of the Peace, the place it was revealed there have been three “bench warrants” out for his arrest.
Showing on digicam from a jail psychiatric ward, he stared blankly on the display screen.
He questioned what the issues have been, and was advised the warrants have been for unrelated alleged offending in 2020, 2021 and 2022, together with fees of deliberately damaging property, deliberately inflicting harm and illegal assault.
“That is all main as much as my final safety of each planet,” he mentioned.
“That’s on you.”
Mr Raftopoulos was charged a day after allegedly stabbing 5 individuals throughout a three-hour window in a single day on Saturday, whereas sporting a “very distinctive lime inexperienced windcheater”.
A girl and 4 males, all aged of their 20s and 30s, suffered numerous wounds and have been rushed to hospital as police tracked the alleged spree on CCTV.
Police allege he was discovered with a bag of assorted knives and will have used a number of blades throughout the 4 separate assaults within the CBD, Southbank, St Kilda East and St Kilda.
On Monday the court was advised Mr Raftopoulos had a “lengthy historical past” of psychological well being points, and his final “lively engagement” with a psychological well being remedy supplier was in January final yr.
Catatonia is a behavioural syndrome marked by an incapability to maneuver usually and will manifest with signs together with unusual actions, lack of speech and strange behaviour.
On Sunday, Detective Senior Sergeant Andrew Eyries advised reporters there was “completely” no hyperlinks between the alleged perpetrator and the injured individuals.
“We imagine that the victims who have been randomly attacked on this explicit event have been folks that have been simply going about their very own enterprise and have been cowardly attacked,” he mentioned.
“On every event the victims have been minding their very own enterprise, they wouldn’t have even identified that they have been about to be attacked — it was utterly random.
“There’s nothing to counsel these incidents are terrorism-related. There’s no additional hazard to the general public.”
Police will allege the spree started at 9.20pm on January 6 when a 28-year-old man was stabbed within the leg and torso whereas strolling in Southbank in Melbourne’s CBD.
The alleged spree continued with a 24-year-old man was stabbed within the leg about 10pm close to the Yankees Burger Bar on King St.
Within the third alleged incident, police will allege Mr Raftopoulos stabbed a person and girl, each 31, strolling alongside Dandenong Highway in St Kilda East about 11pm.
The 31-year-old girl was taken to hospital with life-threatening accidents, whereas the person suffered severe arm accidents.
An hour and a half later, an 31-year-old English vacationer was allegedly stabbed within the leg on Acland St in St Kilda.
Mr Raftopoulos was arrested close to South Yarra station about 1.15am after he was allegedly noticed aboard a practice and ran from police.
He has been charged with 15 offences, together with two counts every of deliberately and recklessly inflicting severe harm in circumstances of gross violence, 5 counts of deliberately inflicting harm, 5 counts of recklessly inflicting harm and possession of a managed weapon.
He’ll return to court on January 19.