Neighbour shot dead amid Vic dog dispute

Georgie Moore
Rosanna Ashman is accused of helping her son Jason flee the scene of a fatal shooting

A Melbourne father is accused of shooting dead his daughter's neighbour after the man allegedly threatened the teenager during a dispute about her barking dogs.

Jason Ashman, 49, is charged with murdering 26-year-old Dwayne Wright at Altona two days before Christmas last year.

One of Ashman's daughters, 19-year-old Jemma Chumbley, told Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday Mr Wright had made her feel uncomfortable and previously made sexual comments about her.

The night of the alleged murder, Ms Chumbley said her father was visiting, watching movies with her and her sisters, when she heard their dogs start barking and a voice say "shut the f*** up".

After seeing a man's face allegedly peering through their windows, Ms Chumbley went outside armed with a baseball bat and told Mr Wright to "stop screaming at my dogs, you're scaring my sisters".

Mr Wright is said to have threatened her, with comments including "I'm going to get your house run through" and "I know when you're home alone," as well as saying he could get men to come over within minutes, the court was told.

Ashman allegedly told his daughter "get away from that junkie, he's not worth it", with Mr Wright replying "I do ice, it's not as bad as weed".

The neighbour also allegedly made comments about Ashman being a pedophile before Ms Chumbley turned around to see her father holding a gun, and tried to push and pull him away from the scene.

"When you pushed your dad, is it possible the gun went off?" Ashman's barrister Ashley Halphen asked.

"Yes," Ms Chumbley replied.

She said she went to the ground when she heard the gun go off and didn't see Mr Wright being shot.

She thought he was still alive when she said "we need to go, he's going to get more people".

"I was so frightened," she told the court.

Ms Chumbley is expected to continue giving evidence at the committal hearing on Tuesday.

Ashman's mother, Rosanna, is also charged over the incident.

She appeared in court alongside her son, but is on bail, accused of helping him flee the scene and later lying to police.