Man pleads not guilty to murder of newlywed daughter

Man pleads not guilty to murder of newlywed daughter

A Melbourne dad has pleaded not guilty in court to killing his newly-married daughter and her husband in a shooting on New Year’s Eve.

Osman Shaptafaj says he was mentally impaired when he allegedly shot Lindita and Veton Musai on the morning of December 31 in 2018, while they entered the Musai family home which they had been living in Yarraville.

His daughter Lindita, 25, died while still at the scene, and Veton, 29, died the next day in hospital.

Lindita and Veton Musai

The loved-up couple had just returned from a trip away to celebrate their first wedding anniversary when they were allegedly shot from behind the front door.

Mr Shaptafaj was charged with two counts of murder but on Thursday pleaded not guilty due to mental health.

The father appeared by video link for a brief hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court.

Mr Shaptafaj is due to return to the Supreme Court for a directions hearing on May 29.

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