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Man murdered over $300k debt, court told

AAP logo AAP 24/05/2021 Georgie Moore
Two Comancheros bikies are accused of gunning down Mitat Rasimi over a $300,000 debt. © Dean Lewins/AAP PHOTOS Two Comancheros bikies are accused of gunning down Mitat Rasimi over a $300,000 debt.

Two Comancheros bikies allegedly gunned down a former associate of drug kingpin Tony Mokbel over a $300,000 debt.

Mitat Rasimi was found dead with four bullet wounds to the chest behind the wheel of his silver Peugeot Coupe at Dandenong in March 2019.

Laiseni Kakato, 28, and Richard Ene, 26, are charged with murdering the 51-year-old convicted criminal and former former Mokbel associate. 

Prosecutors told Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday Rasimi was gunned down while driving because of a $300,000 debt supposedly owed to the Comancheros by his brother, Ilat.

"F*** off - we're not paying any money," the slain man told the Comancheros before his death, according to court documents. 

The court was told the shooting was planned the month prior as bikies upped the ante over the $300,000.

On February 19, Kakato allegedly texted underworld figure Nabil Maghnie saying "we hitting mitat tonight Maybe get a new number".

The Rasami brothers earlier met with Comancheros members including Kakato and Maghnie, the court was told.

On the day of the shooting, Ene allegedly collected Kakato in a stolen Ford Ranger Wildtrak fitted out with an "infotainment" system the equivalent of an airplane black box.

Prosecutor Neill Hutton told the court the duo staked out the cafe where Rasimi was having coffee and then followed him when he left.

Rasimi was gunned down as he drove and his car crashed into a pole. Two bullets were lodged in his car and four in his chest. 

Ene and Kakato alleged dumped the stolen Wildtrak at Bangholme, doused it with fuel and tried to set it alight. 

The petrol didn't catch and they fled after being disturbed by witnesses, Mr Hutton said.

He added DNA matching Ene and Kakato was detected in the vehicle and on a jerry can inside the car.

There was also ammunition and Ene's DNA was found on a blood-stained glove, the court was told.

Two days later, Kakato, Ene, Maghnie and others stopped using their phones and switched to new mobiles registered in false names, Mr Hutton said.

Following an October police appeal for information, the prosecutor said Ene got a new phone and googled terms including "Dandenong shooting" and "how much does it cost to go travelling for six months".

The court was also told he looked up "CCTV released as part of investigation into fatal shooting - Dandenong", a related news article and "code to check if phone is tapped".

Ene was arrested in November that year and Kakato in February 2020.

Both are charged with Mr Rasimi's murder, while Ene is also charged with being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. 

It's not alleged that firearm is connected to the shooting.

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