Christopher Raftopoulos: Accused Melbourne stabber ‘refuses’ to speak

The man accused of a random stabbing spree across Melbourne at the weekend is refusing to speak to anyone, a court has been told.

Christopher Raftopoulos, 31, failed to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning after his arrest the day prior.

Instead lawyer Michael Amad stood as the case was called shortly before 10.30 to say Mr Raftopoulos is “not prepared to speak to anyone”.

“I spoke to him an hour ago, he does not wish to speak to anyone,” he said.

“I did ask if he wished to see anyone and his answer is no.”

Mr Amad told the court his client had a “long history” of mental health issues, asking the court to adjourn the case for a few days to see if he “will be in a better place to give instructions”.

The case was stood down to see if Mr Raftopoulos would engage with mental health service provider Forensicare.

“If he refuses to see them I don’t think I have another choice,” the presiding Magistrate said.

Mr Raftopoulos was charged with 15 offences on Sunday after allegedly stabbing five people during a three hour window overnight Saturday.

The charges are two counts of intentionally and recklessly causing serious injury in circumstances of gross violence, five counts of intentionally causing injury, five counts of recklessly causing injury and possession of a controlled weapon.

On Sunday, Detective Senior Sergeant Andrew Eyries told reporters there was “absolutely” no links between the alleged perpetrator and the injured people.

“We believe that the victims who were randomly attacked on this particular occasion were people that were just going about their own business and have been cowardly attacked,” he said.

Police will allege the spree began at 9.20pm when a 28-year-old man was stabbed in his leg and torso while walking along City Rd in Southbank in Melbourne’s CBD.

The alleged spree continued with a 24-year-old man was stabbed in the leg about 10pm near the Yankees Burger Bar on King St.

CCTV of the incident appears to show a man in a light green jacket running up King St, where he is seen plunging a knife into the leg of a male pedestrian wearing a black tshirt before fleeing.

In the third alleged incident, police will allege Mr Raftopoulos stabbed a man and woman, both 31, walking along Dandenong Road in St Kilda East about 11pm.

About 12.30pm, police allege an English man, 31, was stabbed in the leg on Acland St in St Kilda.

Mr Raftopoulos was arrested nearby about 45 minutes later, police say.

All five people were taken to hospital and remain in a stable condition as of Monday morning.

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