“I was shot in the face and in the chest, and jaw inside was shattered, I lost a tooth,” he told the court.
“I can’t open my mouth. I can’t put a sausage roll in there.”
Maghnie proudly wore the scars of his chequered past and boasted a rap sheet which spanned back to 1993.
But after a number of close shaves and years of being linked to some of Melbourne’s most high-profile crimes and criminals, Maghnie’s life ended after being gunned down in the car park of a taco restaurant in Melbourne’s northern suburbs on Thursday night.
Two other men, one believed to be one of Mr Maghnie’s sons, were also shot outside Taco Bill in Epping about 8.30pm and taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
It was a brutal end for a man notorious for his hair-trigger temper and penchant for waging private vendettas publicly, often in bursts of indiscriminate violence.
At the time of his death, Maghnie was under investigation over the drive-by shooting at the Love Machine nightclub last April, brazen killings which resulted in the deaths of security guard Aaron Osmani and patron Richard Arow.
Police are investigating the theory that Maghnie’s daughter and a man believed to be his son were ejected from Love Machine several weeks before the shockingly public incident, prompting the alleged revenge attack on a line of people waiting outside the club.
Now, Maghnie is dead and his baby-faced 18-year-old son, Jacob Elliott, could face a lifetime in jail, charged with two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.
Mr Elliott allegedly pulled the trigger from a stolen black Porsche, which was later torched in Wollert on Melbourne’s northern fringe.
Maghnie has been under the close watch of police for many years as he was bailed repeatedly amid a series of criminal charges for assault, weapons possession and drug offences.
He was questioned in November over the killing of Mitat Rasimi, an associate of drug kingpin Tony Mokbel, but was later released without charge, and was also a suspect in the shooting murder of Daniel O’Shea in Fawkner Park in April last year.
Police also say he was a suspect in the attempted murder of Bandido Toby Mitchell in Brunswick in 2011. Police suspect he has been instrumental in planning or orchestrating other shootings as well.
Underworld sources have described Maghnie as a “dead man walking” amid his increasingly aggressive behaviour towards rivals in bikie groups and other organised criminal syndicates.
Maghnie’s well-deserved reputation for recklessness sprang from him brawling with Mongol bikies in a South Melbourne brothel, bashing the doorman of a CBD nightclub for refusing him entry, staging a wild melee in a Crown casino bar, and crashing his luxury car while on a binge.
The physically imposing 44-year-old has also, more recently, made powerful enemies in the Mongol outlaw motorcycle gang amid a festering dispute over an alleged long-standing drug debt he claimed he was owed.
“It was only a matter of time,” one criminal source said. “You can’t do what he did without pissing off a lot of people – people won’t stand for it.”
Maghnie survived the attempt on his life in 2016, when he was shot in the face through the front windscreen of his car on September 22.
Forensic investigators who examined the car found shell casings inside the vehicle and blood spatter indicated Mr Maghnie shot back at the assailants through the passenger side window after he had been shot in the face.
The bullet lodged in his neck was unable to be removed because of its proximity to an artery.
Maghnie was arrested on September 28 and charged with firearms offences.
Maghnie, who also went by the alias Billy Shelby, once described his occupation as “a bit of property developing” and said he owned a tattoo shop.
It was a story few believed.
Simone is a crime reporter for The Age. Most recently she covered breaking news for The Age, and before that for The Australian in Melbourne.
Chris Vedelago is an investigations reporter for The Age with a special interest in crime and justice.