An 89-year-old man who was ‘rejected’ by the sex worker he regularly visited has admitted to shooting at her.
Domenico Natale fired two shots at the woman in the driveway of Romantics brothel in Brunswick, Melbourne, in July 2017.
At a Supreme Court hearing on Friday, Natale pleaded guilty to four offences including stalking, reckless conduct endangering life, being in possession of an unregistered gun and threatening to kill during a phone conversation, Nine News reported.
At a committal hearing in May, Natale’s lawyer Simon Moglia revealed his client was upset following the breakdown of their working relationship while the prosecution argued he was jealous of her other clients.
‘There was a rejection and clearly Mr Natale was upset by it,’ he said.
‘There was clearly disagreement or a parting of ways between them.’
Court documents said Natale was the woman’s client for three-and-a-half years and his feelings for the sex worker intensified after his wife died.
Natale would send the woman text messages, call her and wait outside the brothel.
Text messages sent by Natale provided some insight into his mindset before the shooting.
‘You dead, you dead,’ one text message read.
‘Remember you’ve destroyed my f*****g life’.
On the day of the incident, Natale stepped out of his car and fired the shots at the sex worker but the first one hit a brick wall and the second was fired when she fled inside the brothel.
He also shot himself in the stomach later that day but managed to survive.
Natale, who is on bail, will return to court for a plea hearing on December 14.
Romantics is a Melbourne adult business, located in the northern suburb of Brunswick.