Shooter claims self-defence against ex-cop

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A shooter accused of the attempted murder of a former NSW police detective argues he was acting in self-defence against a man who had killed before.

Said "Sid" Morgan survived being shot in the head outside the Point Cook home of a longtime friend, who had asked him for help protecting his family after a business deal soured.

Irish nationals Stephen Tahaney, Mark Dixon and Jack Harvey are all standing trial in the Supreme Court, charged with attempted murder.

It's admitted that Tahaney pulled the trigger - he says in self-defence. Dixon and Harvey are alleged to have been party to an agreement to harm Mr Morgan, knowing it was probable he would be killed.

They deny there was any agreement.

Mr Morgan's longtime friend Daniel Saddik, had been in business with Tahaney and Dixon's younger brother, Ciaran Murphy, but the company was failing.

Mr Saddik asked Mr Morgan to help protect his family, claiming the men were threatening to kill him.

Prosecutor Patrick Bourke said Mr Morgan asked Mr Saddik to warn Tahaney - "if he comes within a kilometre of your house he'll end up with a bullet in his head".

Mr Morgan was acquitted of murder in NSW after shooting his brother-in-law six times in the head in 1995 over allegations the man had sexually abused several children

The court heard Mr Morgan referenced that shooting in messages exchanged with Tahaney, telling him "it gets easier second time round".

Mr Morgan travelled from Sydney to stay with the Saddik family.

Mr Bourke said that on February 21, the night of the shooting, Mr Saddik's wife came home and saw Mr Morgan sitting in their driveway beside a black bag.

"There's going to be a bloodbath tonight," he told her.

CCTV footage played in court showed three men drive and get out of the car after being approached by Mr Morgan.

Mr Bourke says a witnesses saw one of the men hitting Mr Morgan with a hammer while another saw two men punching and kicking another man.

A witness saw one of the men go back to the car, point a gun out the window and fire a single shot, which struck Mr Morgan in the head.

Mr Morgan won't give evidence in the trial - he has no memory of the incident.

Tahaney's barrister Julie Condon QC said her client would give evidence, admitting to firing the shot with Mr Morgan's gun.

But she said he was acting in self-defence against a man who, some might think, has violence "ingrained in his DNA".

Harvey's barrister Lee Ristivojevic said the jury would leave the case wondering why her client had even been charged, saying he didn't know Mr Morgan before that night and was never part of any agreement.

Dixon's lawyer Geoffrey Steward also disputes the agreement allegation and said it would be for the jury to determine if Mr Morgan was in a "white hot rage, hell bent on effecting violence or even killing those who he believed had wronged" Mr Saddik.

He said Mr Morgan had himself said the last time he'd been in such a rage was when he killed a man.

Evidence in the trial is set to begin on Tuesday.

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