In life, underworld enforcer Nabil Maghnie was known as ‘The Mad Leb’. In death it was Baba.
Hundreds of grieving weathered blazing heat and sharp smoke as they gathered at a grave spot in Northern Memorial Park, in the north of Melbourne, to close the dreaded gangster.
Maghnie was shot last Thursday night in Epping amid claims that he had tried to stand over someone at a home on Dalton Rd.
Mourners gather to pay their respects to fallen gangster Nabil Maghnie, who was shot in Melbourne last week
Nabil Maghnie was shot after an incident in Epping in the north of Melbourne
Tough men stand above the coffin of the killed gangster Nabil Maghnie
Two other men, including his son Abbas, were injured in the incident.
Daily Mail Australia has been told that Maghnie may have been confronted by the occupant of the property with a dispute about a damaged vehicle.
It is understood that a Maghnie family member was involved in a small bingle, which led to the notorious rebellion against man.
It is thought that Maghnie attacked the householder before someone else took out a gun and shot him.
Those who knew Maghnie claimed that he had lived the high life in borrowed time in the years before his bloody demise.
Despite this, black mourners gathered to pay their respects to the very loyal father and friend.
With a floral tribute describing the word “BABA”, Maghnie’s coffin was placed on the scorching bitumen of the parking lot while friends and family prayed over his body.
Among the mourners was Peter Melasecca – the son of Maghnie’s lawyer Rob, who offered a moving tribute to his client on Facebook when he heard of his client’s death.
Hundreds of grieving people underwent intense heat to say goodbye to Nabil Maghnie in Melbourne on Wednesday
Mourners pray about the body of Nabil Maghnie, who was placed in the parking lot
On Tuesday, Magnie’s sister paid tribute to him on Facebook by posting a video in which he sang “Ride Like the Wind” by Christopher Cross in the passenger seat of a car.
The 44-year-old screams the text while using an armrest as a microphone and dancing in his chair while the car drives through the countryside.
Maghnie became legendary in the criminal underworld of Melbourne when he infamously drove to the hospital after being shot in the head in 2016.
In 2011, the married father fell victim to a new non-fatal shooting on Broadmeadows.
He was investigated by the police during a double shooting at the Love Machine nightclub in Prahan in April last year and was the main suspect in an attempt to hit the notorious Mongolian bikie Toby Mitchell.
Maghnie was also on bail for serious driving violations at the time of his death following his crash of his Range Rover at more than 200 km / h, while last year he had a lot of alcohol and cocaine.
Ironically, if Maghnie had not received a bail, he might still be alive today.
The charismatic criminal seemed to have a talent to convince judges and magistrates that his risk to the community could be limited. “
Time and again he had received a guarantee for his long criminal career.
But in the weeks before his death, anyone who was unlucky to be in Maghnie’s company began to feel uncomfortable.
The mourning gathered to pay their respects to the dead gangster Nabil Maghnie. He was killed in a bullet rain in Melbourne last week
Nabil Maghnie wanted people to know he was a suspect in the shooting of dreaded bikie-maintainer Toby Mitchell
Assassin Gavin Preston took Nabil Maghnie under his wing and showed him the criminal ropes that eventually led to his downfall
Maghnie was born in the 70s and came from a broken family and was institutionalized as a child.
Living under the eyes of the state at that time was particularly tough, and Maghnie found positive male influences in the darkest places.
It was under state care that he met his mentor, his best partner, and a guy he would later worship as a father figure.
Gavin Preston has been in and out of prison for most of his adult life and has convictions for shocking violent crimes dating back to 1991.
In 2015, Preston defeated an indictment for murder – and a possible life sentence – by declaring guilty of the least violation of defensive murder over the murder of drug dealer Adam Khoury in 2012.
Preston was also once best friends with the dreaded ‘Prisoner of War’ General ‘Matthew Johnson, who murdered gangster Carl Williams in prison in Melbourne in 2010, until they fell over a prison house.
Women hug each other at Nabil Maghnie’s funeral. He died last week in a bullet rain in Melbourne
Maghnie (photo) was declared dead on the spot, while two others were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds
Forensic police attend the scene of Maghnie’s death in Epping in the north of Melbourne
At the time of his death, Maghnie’s rap sheet spanned three computer screens and contained 34 entries.
His first stint in an adult prison dates from 1995, when he was imprisoned for four months for a wild fight in which he was convicted of a series of accusations, including mistreatment, behaving in a riotous manner and dangerous driving.
Maghnie leaves Melbourne Magistrates Court in July after being bailed after a dramatic car accident while under the influence of drugs and alcohol in 2019
Nabil Maghnie had close ties with feared Prisoners Of War prison gang, led by Carl Williams murderer Matthew Johnson (photo)
Carl Williams reads a copy of the newspaper in prison while Matthew Johnson prepares to smash his brain
Sources told Daily Mail Australia that drugs had consumed Maghnie in his later years and that he was high most days.
He was convicted of drug offenses in 2016, but was fined.
He spent most of 2018 behind bars after being convicted of a filthy car accident, attacking a police officer.
He was released on bail, had no permit, carried drugs and a weapon.
His life got out of hand in May last year.
Juiced to his eyes on cocaine, he hit a roundabout north of Melbourne, hit the sky, hit another car and then drove a paddock.
Maghnie collapsed on the spot and was taken to the hospital, where a cocktail of drugs was found in his system.
He was given bail in September after he had told the court that he intended to declare the charges guilty.
He was cut loose so that he could go to drug rehab.
The investigators of Victoria Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting.