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Accused bus driver killer 'numb', says lawyer

AAP logoAAP 29/10/2016 Sarah Motherwell

The man accused of setting a Brisbane bus driver on fire is "numb" after being charged with murder, his lawyer says.

Anthony O'Donohue, 48, appeared briefly in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today charged with killing Manmeet Alisher, 29, at a Moorooka bus stop the day before.

O'Donohue is also charged with arson and 11 counts of attempted murder relating to the passengers who were on the bus at the time of the fatal attack.

Lawyer Adam Magill told the media he had concerns for his client's mental health, which needed to be assessed particularly because the heinous circumstances of the alleged offence did not "make sense".

"He's numb, I don't think he's feeling anything at this point in time," Mr Magill said.

"He's trying to come to terms with what happened himself."

O'Donohue will remain in custody until his case returns to court in late November.

Manmeet Alisher was killed when he was doused in flammable liquid and set on fire while on board his bus in Moorooka. © AAP Image/Facebook Manmeet Alisher was killed when he was doused in flammable liquid and set on fire while on board his bus in Moorooka. There has been an outpouring of grief from Indians across Australia since the death of Mr Alisher, who was a prominent figure and beloved singer in the Punjabi community.

Mr Alisher was employed as a casual bus driver and had only been working in the job for several months.

Police said he did not stand a chance when O'Donohue allegedly climbed onto his bus just after 9am and hurled an incendiary device at him as he sat behind the wheel.

Mr Alisher was burned alive as passengers, including children, screamed and fought to escape the inferno.

Taxi driver Aguek Nyok who saw events unfolded has been praised as a hero for kicking out the back the back door of the bus to help those trapped inside.

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