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Man Faces Court Over Melbourne Brothel Shooting

An 88-year-old man accused of trying to shoot dead a sex worker at a Melbourne brothel, before shooting himself in the stomach, will face court to determine if he should stand trial.

Domenico Natale was charged with attempted murder after he allegedly tried to shoot the woman at the Romantics adult business at Brunswick in July.

She was uninjured.

But Natale shot himself in the stomach during his arrest on July 21.

The octogenarian is due to return to Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday for a pre-trial committal hearing. 

The defence has previously said Natale may have been seduced by the sex worker through her text messages before the incident.

"There's an element of seduction on the part of the sex worker," defence lawyer John O'Sullivan told the court on January 30.

A forensic psychiatrist has cleared Natale of mental impairment and fitness-to-plead issues.


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