The daughter of Tony Mokbel’s ex-girlfriend has told a court she was instantly sobered when a handgun was pulled on her and a friend at a boxing match, despite drinking heavily and taking prescription pills to deal with the man she calls “Dad” being stabbed in prison.
- Brittany McGuire took the stand on Wednesday after refusing to provide police with a statement
- Ms McGuire said she did not recognise the person who pulled the gun
- Boxer Waleed Haddara also took the stand and said the shooting was not his problem and he was “not a snitch”
Brittany McGuire told the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court that she did not notice any “friction” or “threats” between two groups of men at the boxing event in Kensington, before young father Ben Togiai was shot dead.
Two others were injured on the night of the March 2019 boxing match.
Three men have been charged with murder over the shooting, including Abdullah El Nasher, who is Ms McGuire’s boyfriend, Mikhael Myko and Osamma Allouche.
Ali El Nasher, who is the brother of Abdullah, has been charged with attempted murder.
Ms McGuire, her best friend and several others had refused to give statements to the police and fronted court to answer questions from prosecutors.
Today Ms McGuire prefaced her evidence by once again telling the court that she was under the influence of medication, including Valium and Xanax, to deal with anxiety and depression on the night in question.
“Before that boxing match, my dad was in a coma,” she said before proceedings began.
“That’s why I was taking the medication,” she said.
Mokbel was brutally stabbed several times after a birthday party at Barwon Prison in February, about a month before the boxing match shooting.
Under questioning from Crown Prosecutor Neill Hutton, Ms McGuire said she did not know whether her partner, Abdullah El Nasher, had expressed any “anger or violence towards a person or a group of people”.
On the night of the shooting, Ms McGuire said she was leaving the venue with one of the co-accused, Mikhael Myko, when someone pulled a gun on them.
She said she did not recognise the man.
“I saw him pull the thing out and it got stuck,” Ms McGuire said.
“I freaked out and I ran out … the guy ran back inside.”
Asked by Mr Hutton what type of gun it was, she said she did not know.
“I’m not a gun specialist, I’m a hairdresser,” she said.
Ms McGuire told the court she later heard a “big bang” and “shots”.
“Did you realise someone had been hurt?” asked the prosecutor.
“Possibly,” she said.
She told the court she never saw her partner, the co-accused Abdullah El Nasher, with a firearm.
‘Even if I did remember anything, it’s not my business to say a thing’
Meanwhile, a professional boxer who fought on the main card that night told the court he did not see anyone with a gun after the shooting.
Waleed Haddara won his match and said he was “doing shotties” of Chivas Regal in the changerooms when he heard that “something happened” in the arena.
“I heard there was an argument, that’s it,” Mr Haddara told the court.
“The first thing that came to my head was my boy,” he said, referring to his 12-year-old son, who he later found.
“He was crying his eyes out, freaking out,” he said.
Initially, Mr Haddara was adamant he could only remember finding his son and going home on the night of the shooting.
“Are you seriously telling this court you can’t remember stepping over the body of a man who had been shot?” asked prosecutor Mr Hutton.
“Even if I did remember anything, it’s not my business to say a thing,” Mr Haddara told the court.
“It’s not my problem, I don’t know these people.”
“I’m not a snitch,” he said.
“I just got out of jail, I want to move on with my life.”
But after he was pressed by the prosecutor, he conceded that he saw someone had been shot.
“Everyone seen that body on the floor,” he said.
The hearing continues.