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Partner of Williams' stepdaughter gun plea

AAP logoAAP 27/07/2016 By Melissa Iaria

The partner of slain underworld figure Carl Williams' stepdaughter tried to settle a score by holding a gun to a Melbourne vehicle repairer's head.

Mistakenly believing his father had been seriously assaulted, Sanar Ghanim, 25, turned up to the Botani Spare Parts workshop with six others, armed with a gun, seeking retribution.

But in a struggle with worker Wisam Askaro, Ghanim's gun discharged and grazed Askaro's head, the County Court heard.

Ghanim on Wednesday pleaded guilty to reckless conduct endangering life, firearms charges and aggravated burglary.

He was supported in court by partner Danielle Stephens - daughter of Carl Williams' former wife, Roberta Williams - and their baby girl.

Prosecutor Peter Pickering said the events unfolded last October when Ghanim's father Akram Karoumi argued with the spare parts business operator, resulting in pushing and shoving.

Within 45 minutes, Karoumi, Ghanim and five others stormed the business, with Ghanim pulling a small black gun from his shorts.

With his gun pointed at the business operator, Ghanim asked who had fought his father, before firing a shot.

During the ordeal, Karoumi head-butted worker Wisam Askaro in the face and punched him numerous times.

Ghanim then held a gun to Mr Askaro's head, using his other hand to punch his throat and face, when his gun fired and shot Mr Askaro.

He then threatened to burn down the building if police were called.

Ghanim - who was on bail at the time - initially told police the allegations "sounded like a Hollywood movie".

Defence barrister Chris Pearson said he reacted with uncontrollable rage after wrongly being told by a family member his father had been "bloodied and injured".

"It's clear this was an incident of complete madness," he said.

"He accepts that it was impulsive, rash and frankly shouldn't have happened."

Mr Pearson said Ghanim's time in his native Iraq, where he was recruited as a child soldier at age 10 under Saddam Hussein's regime, had profoundly affected him.

Ghanim, who came to Australia as a refugee, is already serving jail time for reckless conduct endangering life over a shooting in Broadmeadows in 2014.

Mr Pearson said Ghanim knows he has to address his anger problem so he can live a stable life and be a good father.

Co-offenders, Akram Karoumi, 54, Riko Tomas, 36, and brothers Edmon Hurmez, 28, and Rimon Hurmez, 33, pleaded guilty to charges including aggravated burglary.

All will be sentenced at a date to be fixed.

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