Vic crime figure to 'retire', court told

Amber Wilson

Alleged underworld crime figure Nabil Maghnie wants to "retire gracefully" from his lifestyle, a psychologist has told a Melbourne court.

He faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday where two of his previous community corrections orders were consolidated.

Maghnie, also known as Nabil Moughnieh, infamously drove himself to hospital after being shot in the head in 2016.

In 2011, he was shot at Broadmeadows by another alleged crime figure.

Police believe the father-of-four is feuding with ex-Bandido enforcer Toby Mitchell and former friend Samson Bazi, the alleged Victorian sergeant-at-arms of the Comanchero bikie gang.

Maghnie was taken into custody after he rammed a vehicle at Altona Meadows and flipped his vehicle at Point Cook when he hit a barrier on February 28.

He initially faced 20 charges including reckless conduct endangering serious injury and dealing with the proceeds of crime, but on Tuesday nine of those charges were withdrawn.

Maghnie admitted to side-swiping one vehicle at 160 km/h then ramming the back of another car.

When he flipped his vehicle, the air bags deployed and Maghnie was freed by emergency services.

But psychologist Luke Armstrong said Maghnie, now in his 40s, had started to "reflect on his life".

"He does want to retire gracefully from his lifestyle and his difficulties," he told the court.

"The events, particularly being shot, brought him close to his mortality ... and he genuinely wants to spend more time with his family."

Mr Armstrong said Maghnie realised "his behaviour has been outrageous, and there's a genuine desire to parent his children in a responsible way".

Drug and alcohol counsellor Amanda Brown said Maghnie legitimately wanted to make changes in his life.

"He wants to be known for the actual person he is and the family man that he really, truly is," she said.

Maghnie, who was remanded in custody, will return to court on August 20 to apply for bail and is expected to give evidence.