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 co-worker.
Daily Mail (h/t Sara S) 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.
Daniel, a former colleague of Mr Noori’s said there was always talk of his religious beliefs in the office and he always tried to ‘force’ his religion on other people. ‘People would say ‘I believe in God’ and he’d say ‘you need to believe in Allah’,’ Daniel said.
Senior Constable Singh said Mr Noori’s motive for the incident was still under investigation. (How about opening up a quran? You’ll find all the motives you want)
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.