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Two men charged after two were killed following a drive-by outside of the Love Machine Nightclub

Two men charged after two were killed following a drive-by outside of the Love Machine Nightclub 2

The son of one of Melbourne’s most notorious crime figures has been found guilty along with another man of the drive-by shooting murder of a nightclub patron and security guard. 

Jacob Elliott, 21, the son of self-described ‘Mad Lebo’ Nabil Maghnie, fired four shots towards Love Machine nightclub from a car driven by Allan Fares, 24, on April 14, 2019.

The pair argued they didn’t do so with murderous intent, but a jury found both men guilty of the charge on Thursday afternoon.

Security guard Aaron Osmani, 37, and club patron Richard Arow, 28, were both fatally hit in the head by the shots outside the venue in Little Chapel Street in inner-city Prahran.

Jacob Elliott (pictured), the son of self-described 'Mad Lebo' Nabil Maghnie, has been found guilty of murder

Jacob Elliott (pictured), the son of self-described ‘Mad Lebo’ Nabil Maghnie, has been found guilty of murder 

Another security guard, Semisi Tu’itufu, was struck in the shoulder. A single bullet went through club-goer Ukash Ahmed and into Ali Shohani as they lined up.

Elliott and Fares had fired the shots after Elliott’s younger half-brother Ali Maghnie was booted out the club for poor behaviour.

CCTV footage shows Mr Maghnie being taken across the street and going to the ground, before getting back up again and shouting that security was ‘all f***ed, just wait, I’m coming back’. 

After the incident, Mr Maghnie spoke to his father Nabil Maghnie, complaining ‘these guards kicked the f*** out of me’ before he contacted his brother.

Elliott’s barrister Julie Condon QC argued her client was acting under the instructions of his father who demanded he avenge his sibling. 

Richard Arow (pictured was a patron at the Love Machine club) when he was shot and killed

Richard Arow (pictured was a patron at the Love Machine club) when he was shot and killed  

Aaron Osmani (pictured) was working as a security guard at the Love Machine club when he was shot and killed

Aaron Osmani (pictured) was working as a security guard at the Love Machine club when he was shot and killed

Speaking from the witness box, Elliott said his ‘violent and intimidating’ father had ordered him to fire ‘warning shots’ in retaliation for the incident. 

‘He said “get two hotties (stolen cars) ready, I want you to let off some warning shots at the front of the club”.’ Elliott told the court, the Herald Sun reports. 

‘I asked him if he can get someone else to do it (and) that I don’t feel comfortable doing it.

‘He said something like shut the f–k up and get ready.’

Elliott said his father, who died in a gangland shooting in January 2020, was a man who did not accept ‘no’ as an answer. 

The court heard Elliott then messaged Fares on encrypted app Wickr asking him to help, with the friends meeting up a short time later in Wollert, in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

They drove in a convey to a spot near the club, where they both jumped into one of the cars – a stolen black 4WD Porsche. 

Police at the crime scene in Prahran, Melbourne in April 2019

Police at the crime scene in Prahran, Melbourne in April 2019

Elliott claimed his father Nabil Maghnie (pictured) was a 'violent and intimidating man' who people could not say 'no' to

Elliott claimed his father Nabil Maghnie (pictured) was a ‘violent and intimidating man’ who people could not say ‘no’ to

They drove past the club four times before carrying out the shooting during the fifth drive-by.  

Ms Condon said her client never intended to kill or seriously injure anyone and asked the jury to find him guilty of manslaughter, which carries a lighter prison sentence.

But prosecutor Patrick Bourke, QC, argued pointing a gun and firing four times into an area where people are standing in close range showed an intention to kill.

Mr Bourke also disputed claims Elliott was reluctant, saying phone data showed he was meeting Fares in Wollert less than 15 minutes after speaking to his brother on the phone.  

After a week of deliberation, the jury rejected Elliott’s claims, finding the two men guilty of two counts of murder – crimes which could see them imprisoned for life.

Emotional loved ones could be heard screaming ‘we love you Jacob’ as the verdict was read out.  

The men will face court again on August 10 for a three-day pre-sentencing hearing. 

Jurors, who visited the shooting scene, were shown CCTV footage of a Porsche driving past Love Machine when the shots were fired.

Elliott is the son of slain underworld boss Nabil Maghnie. Pictured: Nabil Maghnie leaves court on bail in July 2019

Elliott is the son of slain underworld boss Nabil Maghnie. Pictured: Nabil Maghnie leaves court on bail in July 2019 

They saw Mr Osmani and Mr Arow, who had been speaking to each other with their backs facing the road, fall to the ground and the crowd scatter as the gun went off.

Despite the best efforts by paramedics, the two men could not be saved and died at the scene. 

A third man, Moussa Hamka, was found guilty of one charge of assisting the men, and not guilty of a second charge.

Jurors found he knowingly concealed the gun used in the shooting, which was found in his bedroom.

But they rejected a prosecution case that he had set fire to a car in an attempt to destroy evidence.

The wrong car was destroyed and an identical model vehicle across the road was instead set on fire.

Nabil Maghnie's daughter Sabrine had the words 'mad Lebo' tattooed on her in honour of her late father

Nabil Maghnie’s daughter Sabrine had the words ‘mad Lebo’ tattooed on her in honour of her late father

Underworld boss Nabil Maghnie died aged 44 after being shot outside a home in Epping, in Melbourne’s north, in January, 2020. 

The gangland figure is famously remembered for driving himself to hospital after being shot in the head in 2016. 

On the night he was killed, the 44-year-old travelled to a home on Dalton Road, where he reportedly demanded money from one of the men at the property.

Nabil is believed to have attacked the householder before someone else pulled out a gun and shot him dead.

He was seen lying dead next to his Mercedes utility vehicle after he was gunned down while two others, including his son Abbas Jr, were wounded.

Nobody has been charged in relation to Nabil’s murder. 

Despite his feared reputation, those close to the underworld enforcer have previously told Daily Mail Australia he was a much loved and loyal family man, who was famously protective of his daughter Sabrine. 

Last November, Sabrine made headlines after having the words ‘mad Lebo’ tattoed on her leg in honour of her father.  

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