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Vic selfie shooter sorry for killing mate

AAP logoAAP 4/11/2016 Jacqueline Le

A Melbourne man who fatally shot his friend in the face while posing for a selfie with a loaded gun says he is glad he's being punished.

Albert Rapovski appeared before the Victorian Supreme Court on Friday after earlier pleading guilty to manslaughter over the shooting death of 22-year-old Mahamd Hassan.

Rapovski has written a letter to his friend's family and apologised for trying to flee the country after he killed Mr Hassan on March 5.

He says he can't forgive himself for what happened.

In the letter, the 20-year-old says he's glad he is being punished and mourns the loss of his friend.

"I shall never forgive myself for the sadness I have caused your family," he said, according to defence barrister Scott Johns.

Rapovski was high on ice and GHB when he shot Mr Hassan in the face with a sawn-off shotgun while posing for a photograph in a Melbourne motel room.

Just two hours earlier, Mr Hassan had told Rapovski to unload his 12-gauge shotgun in case he accidentally shot someone.

Rapovski, from Lalor, opened the gun and allowed another friend to remove two cartridges.

He also told Mr Hassan not to worry as the safety switch was on.

Hassan and a friend then started to play with the gun, taking photos of themselves on their mobile phones.

Rapovski was pacing back and forth, shaking, clenching his fists and tensing his arms.

He told his friends he felt like he was going to "blow up" or overdose on GHB.

Hassan told Rapovski to drink some water, but he refused, and joined his friends posing with the gun.

"The accused stood close to Mr Hassan and aimed the shotgun at his head," prosecutor Diana Piekusis said.

The young apprentice was killed when Rapovski fired the gun into his face.

Rapovski screamed "I shot Mo, I shot Mo" before gathering his belongings and leaving the Park Inn Motel room.

Other friends who were at the Kingsbury motel also left.

The motel owner discovered Hassan's body alone in the room and called police.

The next day Rapovski attempted to fly to Macedonia, telling a friend who was a travel agent that he needed to urgently visit his sick grandmother.

He was intercepted by customs officers at Melbourne airport on March 6 and charged with murder.

The 20-year-old pleaded guilty to manslaughter in August.

Ms Piekusis said Rapovski's behaviour that night showed he was a risk taker.

"He was careless, dangerous and stupid, and he was showing off."

The defence says Rapovski was trying to imitate American gun culture and rap culture.

"This young man engaged in horsing around with the weapon," Mr Johns said.

"He was trying to look like a big, tough man when in actual fact he's someone of very slight build who feels the need to use a prop."

Rapovski will be sentenced in December.

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