An ex-solicitor who shot and killed his partner and then himself was a “dismissive, selfish, tight-ass and at times tormenting” womaniser and con-artist, a former lover says.
Charles Bisucci killed 70-year-old Marilyn Burdon at her Kew home in Melbourne’s east in August 2017 before turning the illegally obtained gun on himself.
He had a criminal history for violating court orders, was a compulsive liar, and menacing and threatening, an inquest has been told.
Most of his guns were seized in 2004 when his licence was cancelled, but he kept obtaining weapons and moved them between friends’ places.
Three days before the murder-suicide, Bisucci had dinner with an ex-lover and appeared “weird, well, weirder than normal”.
He kept saying “shoot, shoot, shoot”, the woman told Victoria’s Coroners Court on Friday.
She described him as “running from the law”, “angry at times, dismissive, selfish, tight-ass and at times tormenting”.
“He knew how to manipulate people. He was a bit of a con-artist who wanted power and money.”
Bisucci, an ex-solicitor who had been barred from practising, had mental health problems. He was also in financial trouble, but owned seven or eight cars, including two luxury Lotus vehicles.
The woman said she lent Bisucci $20,000 to buy a house they shared until he sold it and left her for Ms Burdon.
The ex-lover also said Bisucci was sometimes violent.
She ended up with a black eye from an orange he threw at her, and would also jab her with scissors, punch her and pull her hair.
“I could easily spear you under water and no one would know,” she said Bisucci threatened, referring to his spear gun.
The woman also said she tried to warn Ms Burdon.
“I thought Charles would use her like he used me.”
Bisucci’s psychiatrist, Rowan McIntosh, described him as a compulsive liar, menacing, threatening, depressed, at a chronic risk of suicide and having all the hallmarks of a personality disorder.
Shortly before the shooting, Dr McIntosh asked Ms Burdon why she was persevering with such a man.
“But when he’s good, he’s a lot of fun,” he said she replied.
Separately, Bisucci disclosed Ms Burdon had asked him to move out, “didn’t want” him anymore and this meant he “had nothing to live for”.
He killed her with a Winchester rifle that had been among guns seized by police about 13 years prior.
Some of those weapons were transferred to various associates and then ended back in Bisucci’s hands.
Dr McIntosh said he had no reason to believe Bisucci was homicidal.
Ms Burdon’s family have said they want to know how the warning signs were missed, and why Bisucci was able to access guns.
The inquest is due to continue on Monday.
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