A man who shot his partner dead in Melbourne and then turned the illegally obtained gun on himself had a string of criminal convictions.
Marilyn Burdon, 70, was found dead at her Kew home in 2017. Her partner, Charles Bisucci, killed her and then himself.
An inquest is looking at how the former solicitor who had his gun licence cancelled and 15 of his firearms seized in 2004, was able to keep accessing weapons.
One of the seized guns, a Winchester rifle, was used in the murder-suicide.
It ended up being registered to the name of Bisucci’s friend, Sebastian Carmuciano, Victoria’s Coroners Court was told on Monday.
Counsel assisting the inquest Naomi Hodgson said Bisucci had a history of mental health issues and violence-related convictions.
He suffered episodic, and at times profound and debilitating, depression, and had narcissistic and antisocial traits, according to psychiatrist Rowan McIntosh.
Bisucci and Ms Burdon saw Dr McIntosh together two months before their deaths.
The psychiatrist agreed with Ms Burdon’s suggestion her partner had a personality disorder.
Dr McIntosh also warned Ms Burdon about Bisucci’s duplicity and the risks of a financial relationship with him.
Two weeks before she died, Ms Burdon told the psychiatrist’s receptionist: “I can’t cope with him (Bisucci)”.
She’d asked him to move out of her home. They’d been together for five or six years, and had lived together for about two months.
In a conversation with his psychiatrist, Bisucci said Ms Burdon “didn’t want” him anymore and this meant he “had nothing to live for”.
Dr McIntosh later said he never thought the woman was in danger.
On the morning she died, Ms Burdon said she was taking Bisucci to his psychiatrist and confirmed lunch plans with her daughter.
She never arrived, and the couple’s bodies were discovered at Kew that afternoon.
Ms Burdon’s family want answers about how a man with a history of violence and mental instability was able to access guns, and how the warning signs were missed.
After his licence was cancelled, Bisucci transferred six firearms into Mr Carmuciano’s name.
“In reality he could not touch them, could he, because they were in my name,” Mr Carmuciano told the court.
He gave evidence with an assurance nothing he said could be used against him, except in perjury proceedings.
Mr Carmuciano repeatedly described Bisucci as a “very secretive person” who didn’t tell him anything, but also said he’d trusted him completely.
“He was a solicitor. He studied the law for five years and I put my full trust into what he was doing.”
When shown various documents relating to his gun licence and gun memberships, Mr Carmuciano said they were forgeries.
“He took advantage of me.”
The inquest continues.
1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)
Lifeline 13 11 14
beyondblue 1300 22 4636