Nearly $700K raised for victims of Bourke St tragedy

Almost $700,000 has been donated to help the victims of last week's Bourke Street tragedy in Melbourne.

The Federal and Victorian governments have pledged $200,000 while members of the public have donated $486,000 in a little more than two days.

Five people died and about 30 were injured when a car drove onto the footpath and ploughed into pedestrians in the CBD on Friday.

Photo: Dimitrious Gargasoulas has been charged with five counts of murder. (Facebook: Dimitrious Gargasoulas)

The man accused of driving the car, 26-year-old Dimitrious Gargasoulas, has been charged with five counts of murder.

In court yesterday, police documents showing dozens of unrelated charges from the past 12 months were handed up to the magistrate.

The documents showed that on January 20 last year, Gargasoulas was charged with possession of drugs in Cheltenham.

In April he was charged with breaching his bail conditions, followed by a series of assault charges in Albert Park on October 31.

In November he was charged with stealing a car and a number of dangerous driving offences including evading police. It was followed up with another auto theft charge after allegedly stealing a Mercedes Benz in St Kilda that same month.

More theft and trespass charges followed in early January and on the 14th, Gargasoulas was charged over a violent attack and then released on bail, just six days before the Bourke Street tragedy.

He has been remanded in custody and ordered to face court via video link in August.

Funerals to be held for victims

The families of the two youngest victims, 10-year-old Thalia Hakin and three-month-old Zachary Bryant, have announced their funerals will be private, for family and friends only, to allow them to grieve privately.

Zachary's two-year-old sister Zara was also injured in the rampage and is in a stable condition in hospital.

The other victims were 22-year-old Jess Mudie, 33-year-old Matthew Si, and a 25-year-old Japanese man.

A public vigil was held in Federation Square last night and a condolence book is available for members of the community to sign at Town Hall.

In the statement, Zachary's parents thanked those who have helped, comforted and grieved with them.

"Your kind words really mean the world to us," they said.

"We ask you to keep us and Zara in your prayers."

Abe asks Turnbull to look after family of victim

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe personally asked Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to look after the family of the Japanese man who was killed in the attack.

Mr Turnbull called Mr Abe last night to talk about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

During that call, he passed on his sympathies to Mr Abe over the death of the man.

His parents have not released any details about their son.

The Victorian Government on Monday announced a wide-ranging review of the bail system, and the establishment of a night court so magistrates can preside over bail hearings.

Video: The Victorian Government has committed to reviewing the bail system. (ABC News)

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