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Man jailed over ice-fuelled Vic murder

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016 Caitlin Guilfoyle

A remorseless Melbourne ice user declared he wanted to "kill everyone" before shooting dead a family friend at close range.

Alexander John Semaan, 41, has been jailed for at least 18 years for murdering Michael Bakhaze in December 2014.

Semaan's sister, Hanna, and ex-girlfriend Megan Beljulji were also jailed on Friday for at least two years after they tried to cover up the crime.

The only witness to the shooting, Tony Kannan, saw a drug-affected Semaan with an ice pipe and a gun before the senseless murder, Victorian Supreme Court Justice Christopher Beale said.

Mr Kannan said when he asked Semaan why he had the gun, he had replied, "I want to kill everyone".

At one point Semaan pointed the firearm at a neighbour putting her bins out, before putting the gun to Mr Bakhaze's forehead and pulling the trigger.

The murderer retreated into his East Brunswick bungalow, triggering a tense and lengthy stand-off with police when he and then-girlfriend Beljulji refused to surrender.

Semaan later claimed a gun-wielding intruder had been attempting to rob him, and that Mr Bakhaze had been shot by the robber.

After the crime, Beljulji and Hanna tried to get Mr Kannan to change his statement, and attempted to put the police on a "false trail" to support Semaan's story of an armed intruder.

Beljulji told ballistics police to re-examine the crime scene, where they found additional, intentionally placed bullet holes that would appear consistent with the false story.

"As to who made the bullet holes to lend credence to Alex's defence, that remains a mystery," Justice Beale said.

Semaan has been sentenced to 22 years and two months jail, with a non-parole period of 18.

His sister and Beljulji were each sentenced to three years behind bars, with a minimum two.

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