THE girlfriend of a self-confessed “vampire gigolo” has taken the stand during the murder trial of three men, including a Gold Coaster.
An emotional Kathleen Price told the jury in Melbourne’s Supreme Court yesterday how Shane Chartres-Abbott was gunned down in front of her.
The Herald Sun reports, Chartres-Abbott and Price encountered two men on June 4 2003, as they left home to attend court, where he was on trial for raping a client.
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“I heard (Shane) say, ‘Oh, my God’, then two shots. It sounded like a cap gun,” Ms Price said.
“I could see blood coming out of Shane’s throat.”
Benowa man Warren Shea, 42, as well as Mark Adrian Perry, 46, and Evangelos Goussis, 46, have all pleaded not guilty to the murder of 28-year-old Chartres-Abbott.
The prosecution has alleged that the killing was in revenge for the rape, the victim of which was a former girlfriend of Mr Perry.
Last week the jury was told a notorious criminal, who cannot be named, had carried out the killing as a favour.
The prosecution alleges Mr Perry and Mr Shea helped to organise the murder, and that Mr Goussis helped carry it out.
The rape victim, who can’t be identified, also gave evidence yesterday, telling the jury Mr Perry had told her he carried out the killing.