A learned shrink may say that’s rather mental, but to those of us who take their Islam seriously it makes a lot of sense.
‘There was a lot of talk about religious beliefs’: Workmate says Flinders Street accused told colleagues ‘they needed to believe in Allah’ as he claims he’s been aggressive before and would ‘blow up’ while working
- Saeed Noori, 32, was charged with 18 counts of attempted murder and one count of conduct endangering life
- Noori allegedly deliberately crashed into 18 people outside Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station on Thursday
- A former workmate claims Mr Noori forced his religion on people, telling them they needed to believe in Allah
- His mother arrived at court with her face covered by a Hijab and was filmed yelling and swinging her handbag
- She sobbed and rocked back and forth as her son’s charges were laid out at the Melbourne Magistrates Court
The driver accused of mowing down pedestrians in Melbourne’s CBD forced his religion on colleagues and would ‘blow up’ in anger, according to a former workmate.
Afghan refugee Saeed Noori, 32, has been charged with 18 counts of attempted murder and one count of endangering life after he allegedly drove a white Suzuki Vitara through the pedestrian intersection of Flinders Street and Elizabeth Street on Thursday.
A former colleague of Mr Noori’s said there was always talk of his religious beliefs in the office.
Saeed Noori (pictured) was charged with 18 counts of attempted murder and one count of conduct endangering life after being formally interviewed by police
The colleague, known only as Daniel, worked with Mr Noori at a call centre, where the accused went by the name Mark.
Daniel said Mr Noori ‘forced’ his religion on other people.
‘People would say ‘I believe in God’ and he’d say ‘you need to believe in Allah’,’ Daniel said.
Daniel said he was shocked to hear Mr Noori was
allegedly behind the wheel of a car when it ploughed into pedestrians in Melbourne’s centre on Thursday.
While he was shocked by the seriousness of the accusation, Daniel said he noticed aggressive tendencies in Mr Noori.
‘There was one or two instances where he’d blow up and he’d say I need you to calm down you’re at work now,’ Daniel said.
Noori is expected to face court on Saturday afternoon. Twelve people injured in Thursday’s car attack remain in hospital, with three people fighting for their lives, Premier Daniel Andrews said on Saturday
Victoria Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Amitoj Singh told the court Mr Noori drove the vehicle through the intersection ‘with the intention of killing or causing serious injury’.
He said 18 people were injured, and three remained in a critical condition in hospital.
Senior Constable Singh said Mr Noori’s motive for the incident was still under investigation.
Mr Noori did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody ahead of a hearing on Wednesday.
Footage of his distressed mother (pictured) shows the woman swinging her handbag angrily at journalists outside court as she arrived to support her son on the dock
Mr Noori’s mother violently lashed out at reporters as she arrived at court for her son’s charges on Saturday.
Footage shows the woman swinging her handbag angrily at journalists outside court as she arrived to support her son on the dock.
The 32-year-old’s mother kept her face hidden under a Hijab as she swung wildly at onlookers and yelled out incoherently.
Emotional scenes played out in the courtroom as the woman sobbed and rocked back and forth as the charges laid against her son were read out, the Herald Sun reports.
She attempted to reach out to the accused and took photographs on her mobile phone before being assisted back to her seat and instructed to turn off the device.
Noori covered his face with his hand and looked down for the hearing, as prosecutors read details of the incident, indicated more charges are being considered and said the motive remained under investigation.