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Vic murder accused's defence 'fanciful'

AAP logoAAP 24/08/2016 Melissa Iaria

A Melbourne man charged with shooting dead a family friend at close range made up a "fanciful" story blaming an unknown robber, a jury has been told.

Alexander John Semaan has pleaded not guilty to murdering Michael Bekhazi.

He allegedly holed himself up for five hours in his Brunswick East bungalow with girlfriend, Megan Beljulji, after the shooting in December 2014.

The prosecution has alleged Mr Bekhazi was shot in the head by Semaan from just 10cm away, without warning or provocation, in the backyard of the property, which was visited by people to take drugs from time to time.

In her closing address, crown prosecutor Michele Williams QC told the Supreme Court jury Semaan's story about Mr Bekhazi being shot by an intruder was a lie.

"His story of an unknown robber is farcical and one which you should have no trouble rejecting," Ms Williams said on Wednesday.

Eyewitness to the shooting, family friend Tony Kannan, testified that he saw a drug-affected Semaan with a firearm and ice pipe in his hands before the killing.

When Mr Kannan asked Semaan why he had the gun, Semaan allegedly replied: "I want to kill everyone".

Seeman was acting erratically, at one point pointing the gun at an unsuspecting neighbour putting out her rubbish bin, the jury heard.

After allegedly shooting Mr Bekhazi, Semaan retreated to his bungalow in a siege with police.

Ms Williams said Semaan was found later with gunshot residue on his hand.

He knew he was the shooter and was trying to get police bags off his hands to obtain the residue evidence, she said.

However Semaan's barrister Michael Sharpley has denied his client shot Mr Behkazi.

Semaan maintained he was attacked in the bungalow, where $12,000 was stashed, by a gun-wielding robber demanding money.

There was a struggle between them, shots were fired and it was reasonable to infer the attacker shot Mr Bekhazi, the defence said.

The defence team also cast doubt on the credibility of Mr Kannon, the only witness to name Semaan as the shooter.

Semaan's girlfriend Megan Beljulji and his sister, Hanna Semaan, are also on trial.

It is alleged they tried to get Mr Kannan to change his statement to police and then tried to put police on a "false trail" after the crime scene was allegedly tampered with to support Semaan's robber story.

Both women have pleaded not guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Closing arguments are continuing.

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