A farmer who claims he accidentally shot another man dead when he slipped on an eggplant will return to court in Victoria as his lawyer continues pre-sentence submissions.
Angelo Russo, 55, pleaded guilty to manslaughter over the death of David Calandro, 43, who was shot in front of his two young sons while sitting in his ute in 2017.
The defence says Russo's shotgun had a faulty safety switch and it accidentally went off when he tripped on an eggplant at his Tatura farm.
Mr Colandro's two boys spoke of their pain in the Supreme Court on Wednesday during pre-sentence submissions for Russo.
"My beloved dad was killed in front of me and my brother," son Flavian said in a statement read to court by a prosecutor.
"I will forever miss my dad knowing he is gone from this earth."
Russo's defence barrister Patrick Tehan QC is due to deliver submissions as the hearing continues on Thursday.