Kara Doyle was a happy young woman with the world at her feet when she was shot dead by her boyfriend in ice-fueled chaos.
Mehmet Torun shot Ms Doyle, 24, in the groin with a sawn-off shotgun in their Melbourne loungeroom last April.
She died in hospital six days later.
The pair’s relationship was volatile, fuelled by the drug ice, prosecutor Peter Rose SC told the Victorian Supreme Court on Monday.
Torun was controlling, easily angered, had threatened the lives of others and tasered people who disagreed with him, Mr Rose said.
Torun told a psychologist he had the gun slung over his shoulder and didn’t realise it was loaded when it fired from less than a metre away.
Torun, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, apologised in a letter submitted to the court by his barrister Neill Hutton.
Mr Hutton told the court Torun and Ms Doyle’s relationship was marred by ice, “notorious for creating angry, violent people”, and two people “not made for each other”.
He described the crime as “tomfoolery with a firearm in extremely dangerous circumstances”.
“He should’ve assumed it was loaded,” he said.
Mr Hutton argued it was a mid-range example of the offence of manslaughter.
Kara’s mother Jenny Doyle said her daughter was taken from her in a cowardly manner, leaving her feeling empty and destroyed.
“It was the most excruciating pain I’d ever felt in my heart,” she said in her victim statement read to the court by a relative.
“Who gave him the right to take the life of my daughter?”
Kara was a happy, strong-willed young lady with the world at her feet.
But she was used and manipulated by Torun who killed her because of his rage and stupidity, Mrs Doyle said.
Justice Michael Croucher said the unemployed Torun was “carrying on like a pork chop” and out of control.
“It was an incredibly stupid and dangerous thing that occurred and now a young girl is dead,” he said.
Kara’s stepfather Nick Doyle said Kara’s life was unravelling and he was torn by guilt she could not be saved.
“Both Jenny and I were very concerned about her but we could do nothing. I felt helpless and guilty.”
Mr Doyle said Torun showed no remorse.
“He said he loved her and didn’t mean to shoot her,” he said in his victim impact statement, read to court by a relative.
“But all the time I see him I feel in my heart he has no remorse at all.”
Torun, of Avondale Heights, will be sentenced on April 4.