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Driver found guilty of murdering six in Australia car rampage

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No death penalty unfortunately.

The guy is 28 years old. Have to feed and house the guy for 50 years potentially.

The cost runs well into the multi-millions.

Who is really paying for these crimes?

The community or the offender? Not so straight forward.

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Australia does not need the death penalty, it's prisons history is bathed in enough blood already. This selfish callous man will now spend the rest of his life in absolute fear. His crime was so devoid of any sence I seriously doubt he will be welcomed within the prison community with awe. He has a steak around his neck and now is throw to the wolves. If you support the death sentence how does that sound?, you'd actually pay to see that?Worth every tax dollar I'd argue.

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Please tell me why the Australian community should feed and house this blatantly violent criminal.

There is no doubt about his guilt.

Australia does not need the death penalty, it's prisons history is bathed in enough blood already. 

What blood? People go to prison for crime and mostly violent crime. Its not a nice place for sure.

This selfish callous man will now spend the rest of his life in absolute fear.

He will be housed at tremendous expense, potentially for decades. Or maybe he meets prison justice, which wouldn't bother me at all.

e has a steak around his neck and now is throw to the wolves. If you support the death sentence how does that sound?, you'd actually pay to see that?Worth every tax dollar I'd argue.

Only problem is that if another inmate does it they get their sentence doubled. Somebody else spends life in jail. More expense.

Id rather avoid the middle man. Why should inmates do the job of the state?

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It's a complex issue in Australia as it is elsewhere. As far as I know opinion polls show that while the Australian community generally significantly opposes the death penalty (67%-23%, most recent poll I found), they slightly favour it (52.5%) when it comes to terrorist actions. Every now and then something like this (or the incident the other day, also in Bourke Street) comes along to make people think twice about it, but I don't think there's a huge or consistent push to bring it back. I think what people do want, though, is for a life sentence to mean life, and to make it tough for them inside.

Personally I'd rather see the guy go to jail and stay there - but I have to admit, sometimes I waver.

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Their is no upside to keeping terrorists in jail for life.

They can't even join the community again to potentially pay for their sins somehow in community service.

Its all downside.

The death penalty brings it all to a close.

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James Gargasoulas, 28, pleaded not guilty to the January 2017 rampage on Melbourne's Bourke Street, which police determined was not terror-related.

Bourke street, a popular shopping and restaurant area, was the scene of a deadly knife attack and attempted car bombing last Friday which police called a terror attack and which left two men dead, including the attacker.

Why is the former treated as not terror-related, while the latter does? Oh right, because the latter was perpetrated by Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, an Arabic sounding name...

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Why is the former treated as not terror-related, while the latter does? Oh right, because the latter was perpetrated by Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, an Arabic sounding name...

No, it's because this guy (Gargasoulas) thinks he's the second coming of Jesus Christ, and that he had to commit these murders to save the earth from a comet which is going to wipe us all out in two years time.

That's why.

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Interesting that there is no death penalty for someone clearly guilty beyond doubt. All this trial BS ...what for ??? However violence & the death penalty with no trial is somehow acceptable for guilty and innocents in places like Afganistan, Iraq. Libya, Syria etc etc where troups are sent to supposedly liberate. Gotta love the hypocracy of the Western world eh. What a great load of BS !

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No, the death penalty isn't just about retribution (for some it may be). But it is a very effective method for permanently removing a known harmful element from society with no redeemable value. Of course it has to be proven that an individual is 100% guilty of said crime beyond reasonable doubt.

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So, what prescription meds was the guy on?

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Their is no upside to keeping terrorists in jail for life.

Nope, there isn't. Some clearly need mental health assistance. Some are labelled terrorists by repressive governments.

It's all a matter of perspective.

This is why the death penalty has no place in the 21st century civilised world.

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As an idea, the death penalty makes sense to me.

But as always, reality interferes, and I cannot accept the death penalty as it requires humans to make the determination, and humans are fallible, leading to innocent people being killed.

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This guy is crazy. He needs to be put away.

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