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Father accused of shooting his daughter and son-in-law in a brutal double murder, pleads not guilty

Twist in brutal New Year’s Eve double murder as father accused of shooting his daughter and new son-in-law claims he has intellectual disability

  • Osman Shaptafaj, 55, pleads innocent of mental health for murder attacks
  • He is accused of shooting Lindita, 25, and Veton Musai, 29, on New Year’s Eve
  • The couple were shot from behind on the porch of a house in Yarraville, Melbourne
  • Shaptafaj, Mrs. Musai’s estranged father, was hospitalized for gunshot wounds
  • Musais stayed at Mr. Musai’s house, married earlier that year

A father accused of shooting his daughter and son-in-law in a brutal double murder pleads not guilty of an intellectual disability.

Osman Shaptafaj is said to have shot Lindita, 25 and Veton Musai, 29 when they arrived at their family home Yarraville, in the interior of Melbourne, on the morning of December 31, 2019.

Shaptafaj, Mrs. Musai’s estranged father, was taken to hospital with gunshot wounds and kept under police surveillance.

He was charged with two murders after treatment.

Osman Shaptafaj (photo) pleaded innocently by mental limitation to shoot his estranged daughter and son-in-law on New Year's Eve

Osman Shaptafaj (photo) pleaded innocently by mental limitation to shoot his estranged daughter and son-in-law on New Year’s Eve

Shaptafaj pleaded not guilty of mental health via video link from prison at a hearing in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The magistrate said there was enough weight to bring the case to justice. He will then submit directions to the Supreme Court on May 29, The age reports.

Mr. and Mrs. Musai had been together for five years before they got married, and returned from a New Year’s Eve trip to celebrate their first wedding anniversary when they were reportedly shot from behind at the front door.

The couple stayed at Mr. Musai’s home on Salisbury Street and were two weeks away from moving into their own home with plans to start a family.

Ms. Musai died on the spot while her husband died a day later at The Alfred Hospital.

At the time of the arrest, Victoria Police said they were investigating a family dispute as a motive for the hair-raising attack ahead.

Lindita, 25, and Veton Musai, 29 (pictured together) were shot from behind on the porch of Mr. Musai's house, where they had stayed, when they returned from a trip to celebrate their first wedding anniversary

Lindita, 25, and Veton Musai, 29 (pictured together) were shot from behind on the porch of Mr. Musai's house, where they had stayed, when they returned from a trip to celebrate their first wedding anniversary

Lindita, 25, and Veton Musai, 29 (pictured together) were shot from behind on the porch of Mr. Musai’s house, where they had stayed, when they returned from a trip to celebrate their first wedding anniversary

Ms. Musai worked as a receptionist at real estate company Colliers International in Melbourne’s CBD, while her husband worked at a nearby bank.

Days after their death, their families remembered them as a ‘fairytale couple’.

“To say they were happy together is an understatement,” said Mr. Musai’s older brother, Drilon.

“You hear people talking about other couples and how much they love each other, but this was really something else.

“I will always be grateful to them for making me believe there are fairytale couples. They set the bar extremely high for everyone. ‘

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