Women claim poor memory of shooting

Caroline Schelle
Shanae Pericic (L) and Brittany McGuire (C) say they were too drug-affected to remember a shooting

An accused killer's girlfriend and her mate claim they were too drunk and 'xanied' by prescription pills to remember the night a man was gunned down outside a Melbourne boxing match.

Brittany McGuire, 23, and friend Shanae Pericic, 21, were forced to give evidence on Tuesday about the night Craigieburn father Ben Togiai was shot and killed in March last year.

"I take a lot of Valiums and Xanax for depression, I don't remember much," said Brittany McGuire, whose mother Danielle is the former partner of drug kingpin Tony Mokbel.

"I was xanied, I can't remember."

Her partner Abdullah El Nasher is one of the men charged with Mr Togiai's murder along with Osamma Allouche.

Others charged over the shooting include El Nasher's brother Ali and Mikhael Myko.

Mr Togiai, 30, was killed outside the event, while Omar Bchinnati and Joseph Abouchaya, were wounded.

Two groups allegedly exchanged words inside the venue before they were asked to leave before the shooting, police allege.

Ms McGuire told the Melbourne Magistrates Court she had taken half a Xanax and three valiums before she and Abdullah El Nasher went to the boxing with Ms Pericic.

Both women shared a table with several of the accused at the Melbourne Pavilion in Kensington, where the shooting unfolded.

Mokbel's step-daughter butted heads with crown prosecutor Neill Hutton about the colour of a car, who drove it and the model.

Ms McGuire also claimed she couldn't remember who drove herself, Ms Percic and El Nasher to the match.

"I cannot remember because I was very drunk at the time," she said.

At one point Magistrate Duncan Reynolds urged Ms McGuire to answer.

Her friend Ms Pericic also struggled to remember key details of the night including who took them to the bout and claimed she did not recognise people in photos.

"I was very vallied [sic] at that stage ... like on Valium," Ms Pericic told the court and she explained she had taken eight of the prescription pills.

But she told the court she saw a man point "something" at Ms McGuire and Mikhael Myko outside the Pavillion.

"I remember everyone screaming and yelling and security pulling other people back inside," she said.

"Then I seen someone point something at Brittany and Myko and I got pulled inside."

The evidence came hours after the women first sought legal advice about how to proceed, causing a two-hour delay.

At one point during the proceedings Ms Pericic appeared to blow a kiss to one of the accused who appeared via videolink.

Mr Togiai's family exchanged words with her which left the victim's mother in tears.

But when questioned in court about whether she blew a kiss, Ms Pericic claimed she had just "touched her nose".

The hearing will continue on Wednesday.