An 88-year-old Melbourne man has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly opening fire on a brothel worker with a shotgun, out for revenge after falling in love with a sex worker.
Domenic Natale visited Brunswick brothel Romantics twice a week, for more than three years, while his wife was alive, a Melbourne court heard on Tuesday.
He soon became infatuated with a 39-year-old sex worker and would wait for the woman at her tram stop and try to walk her to work.
His elderly ego became crushed when, after years of service and home visits, she took time off and didn’t let him know.
When the woman finally returned to work, Natale booked in. They argued and he allegedly tried to strangle her.
He later texted her saying: “You dead. You dead. You are very false person after I feed you for 3 1/2 years. You reckon you are smart. You’re not. You are stupid.”
But the next day he had a change of heart and tried to book in, texting: “If you’ll accept me tomorrow morning. Sorry your mistake. I mistake. Thank you.”
Natale allegedly later turned up at Romantics with a double barrel shot gun and fired at the woman and the brothel.
Police said he then led them on a chase down the Calder Highway where he shot himself in the stomach, and was then arrested.
The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court was played security footage, on which 7 News observed Natale clearly shooting at the woman.
Although Magistrate Carolyn Burnside initially approved its release to the media, she later changed her mind saying it could be distressing for the public.
Natale has been charged with attempted murder and remains free on bail.