Tony Mokbel's stepdaughter tells court she became 'practically sober' when a gun was pulled on her before a father was shot dead outside a boxing bout - as her boyfriend is accused of murder
Craigieburn father Ben Togiai was shot and killed outside the match and two other men were seriously injured on March 1 last year. Brittany McGuire told the Melbourne Magistrates Court a 'skinny' man had drawn a gun on her at the Melbourne Pavilion in Kensington.© Provided by Daily Mail Mr Togiai (pictured), 30, died outside the event, while Omar Bchinnati and Joseph Abouchaya, were wounded 'I knew exactly what was happening to myself and I freaked out and that's when I became practically sober,' Ms McGuire, the daughter of Tony Mokbel's former partner Danielle, said about the incident.
Tony Mokbel ' s stepdaughter claims she was too drunk and 'xanied' to remember the night her boyfriend allegedly murdered a man outside a boxing match. Ben Togiai was shot and killed in the street of Melbourne in March last year. Brittany McGuire, 23, and friend Shanae Pericic, 21, forced to
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Gangland kingpin Tony Mokbel's stepdaughter said she sobered up when a gun was pulled on her the night of a fatal shooting at a Melbourne boxing match.
Brittany McGuire told the Melbourne Magistrates Court a "skinny" man had drawn a gun at the boxing event on March 1 last year.
"I knew exactly what was happening to myself and I freaked out and that's when I became practically sober," Ms McGuire, the daughter of Mokbel's former partner, said about the incident.
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Brittany McGuire and her friend Shanae Pericic say they were too 'Xanied' and 'Valied' on prescription meds to remember what happened the night of the Kensington shooting.About a dozen people have refused to give statements to police over the shootings at the Kensington fight night on March 1 last year. The boxing event was organised by underworld figure Mick Gatto.
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Two women - Brittany McGuire, the daughter of Tony Mokbel ' s ex-partner Danielle McGuire, and best friend Shanae Pericic - were in the witness box on Tuesday afternoon. Ms Pericic said that in the following minutes, Ms McGuire's uncle, Horty Mokbel , grabbed her and escorted her out of the building.
"A guy pull a gun out on me."
Ms McGuire continued giving evidence in court on Wednesday as one of about a dozen people who refused to give a statement to police over the Kensington shootings.
Another reluctant witness, boxer Waleed Haddara, was at one point warned he could be arrested for contempt if he continued refusing to answer questions.
Ben Togiai, 30, was fatally shot at the event and his companions Omar Bchinnati and Joseph Abouchaya were wounded.
Four men, including Ms McGuire's partner, Abdullah El Nasher, are charged over the triple shooting.
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Police allege there was friction between the Bchinnati and El Nasher groups during the fight night before the shooting.
Ms McGuire told the court she and friend Mikhael Myko, another of the accused men, were walking towards the front doors of the Melbourne Pavillion when a man raised a gun at them.
"A guy pulled a gun out on me. I watched him pull it out," Ms McGuire said.
Police believe that man was Mr Abouchaya, and allege Mr Myko shot him three times.
Ms McGuire said she was drunk and "Xanied", having taken half a Xanax and three Valium in the hours beforehand, and drinking wine and vodka.
But she "became practically sober" from the shock of seeing the gun and "practically nearly dying".
She said the man made a shaking movement with his hand, as if the gun jammed, and she ran outside, met her cousin and her best friend and went home.
"I don't know if you have ever had a gun pointed directly at you ... I was in fear," Ms McGuire said.
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A female narrator who filmed the incident explains what led up to the roundup: “They were having a snowball fight,” she says. “This group of guys was having a snowball fight and now a cop has a gun on them.”
Ms McGuire said she was worried about "my father in hospital" at the time and was using prescription drugs to help her sleep. Mokbel was left in a coma after being stabbed and bashed in prison a month before the shootings.
Mr Haddara said he was celebrating with supporters in a changeroom after winning his bout when he heard about a dispute outside and left the room, still dressed in his shorts and boots, to find his 12-year-old son.
The boxer said he heard what he thought were fireworks outside, but refused to answer prosecutor Neill Hutton's questions over whether he saw a bleeding man near the foyer.
"I can't remember anything. Even if I did remember anything I wouldn't tell you anything," he said.
"That wasn't my business. My only business was to get my son and go home."
Magistrate Duncan Reynolds warned Mr Haddara he could be locked up for contempt if he didn't answer questions, and the boxer became agitated.
"I didn't give a f--- what happened ... I wanted to get my son home, that's it," he said.
Mr Haddara later said he wasn't a "snitch" and was on parole at the time, having previously been jailed for shooting a cousin in a case of mistaken identity.
"I just got out of jail. I just want to get on with my life," he said.
The boxer confirmed he saw the bleeding man but didn't know how he was injured, and didn't see anyone with a gun.
Stephen Irvine, the head of security, said he was between two vans when he heard gunshots and saw people running back inside the venue. He stopped to help an injured man.
Mr Hutton said CCTV footage appeared to show the man no longer had anything in his hands when he came into contact with Mr Irvine, and asked if the security boss had "pocketed" anything.
Mr Irvine replied: "Are you trying to say I took the gun off him? I didn't take nothing off him."
The El Nasher brothers and their fellow accused watched Wednesday's hearing on a video link from jail.
The hearing continues on Thursday.
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