Adam Kosian declared "I kill the animals, they're just dogs"

Adam Kosian is taken into custody by police

A MAN who faced an out-of-court hearing last night accused of a double murder in Carlton made the sign of a gun and said he was not sorry.

Adam Kosian, 52, of Arden St, Brunswick East, appeared before a bail justice at the St Kilda Rd police complex.

He was accused of murdering Boris Kostov, 60, of Werribee, and Goran Vasic, 44, of Footscray.

Mr Kosian did not plead to the charges, but made an application for bail, which was rejected.

“I kill animals because they put sleeping tablets in my (inaudible) … motherf—ers,” he said, making his fingers into the shape of a gun and pointing it at the floor.

Witnesses at the scene of the crime on Friday night said the shooter had been complaining: “They’re dogs, they’re dogs. They tried to poison me.”

The Lygon St shooter was stoney-faced after being apprehended by police and taken away in the back of a police van.

Later in the hearing, Mr Kosian told the bail justice that: ” I am not sorry for those people I kill, I do a good thing.”

Wearing a suit and shirt, but no tie, Mr Kosian at one stage wept and put his head on the table.

Detective Sen-Constable Jason Poulton, of the homicide squad, told the out-of-sessions court hearing that both victims were known to Mr Kosian.

He said Mr Kosian had approached the pair on the footpath outside Players gaming venue in Lygon St about 4.50pm on Friday.

Constable Poulton alleged Mr Kosian had produced a 32-calibre firearm and shot Mr Kostov, who, wounded, fled inside the venue.

Mr Kosian then allegedly shot Mr Vasic, killing him instantly.

He said Mr Kosian had then allegedly gone back inside the venue and shot Mr Kostov a second time, killing him.

“He has made full admissions,” the constable said of Mr Kosian.

Mr Kosian complained to the court that media reports had incorrectly stated the ages of the two dead men.

He said he had twice been admitted to a psychiatric hospitals in Queensland and once in Victoria.

He said he had not slept in 24 hours and that he needed medical attention and prescription medicine.

He also praised two officers in the court, including Constable Poulton, as “those two men are the best policemen”.

Mr Kosian was remanded to the Melbourne Custody Centre ahead of a scheduled appearance in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court at 10am tomorrow.

“John”, a regular at the Players pokies venue, said he would miss sharing a coffee with his mate, Mr Kostov, whom he said visited the gaming venue every day.

He said the Bulgarian and younger friend Mr Vasic had never caused any trouble and were well liked among regulars there.

“They were just interested in how to make a buck and talked about the good old days when they used to punt big on the horses and the roulette wheels,” John said.

“But these days they were always complaining about their (pokies) machines when they weren’t paying out.”

John arrived at the scene hours after the shooting and said he was shocked when told the body outside the venue was Mr Vasic.

“You talk to someone every day and you don’t expect to see them lying there dead.”

On Friday night, within an hour of the murders, diners were sitting outside to eat meals and enjoy ice cream to a backdrop of police tape and flashing lights.

Yesterday Piazza Italia, opposite the crime scene where the gunman allegedly chased a third possible victim, was eerily quiet.

The Bendigo Bank said it was closed due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

Tourists and diners returned to the street’s famous Italian eateries, but not in the usual numbers.

At Via Veneto pizza restaurant, an autographed photo of underworld figure Mick Gatto was posted prominently at the front of house, a reminder of the suburb’s colourful characters.

But the restaurant spent hours almost empty despite the best efforts of spruikers to entice customers.

Costanzo, a waiter at nearby Cafe Cavallino, said business was “a little quieter than usual” but hoped it would return to normal in coming weeks.

“All the customers have been asking about the shooting since it happened,” he said.

Despite the fuss, diner Michael Vaccaro doubted the double murder would have a lasting impact.

“It’s just another day in Lygon St,” he said.

Heartbroken Mary Softik said she was struggling to come to terms with the fact her friends of about 20 years had been brazenly gunned down at a Lygon St pokies venue they visited almost every day.

Ms Softik described the two friends as “honest, happy, good blokes” who liked a punt.

“It’s very sad because they were both very nice guys and it comes as a shock that they were gunned down like this,” she said.

“It’s unexplainable. I was only with them a couple of months ago.

“And I’ve known them for such a long time.”

Ms Softik said the murders would rock the families of both men, with Mr Kostov believed to have a young child and Mr Vasic believed to have become recently engaged.

“Boris was just an everyday person, Goran was just a top bloke for all the friends who knew him,” she said.

“We loved him, he was a good-hearted person.”

“It is a shock, they were both really nice guys.”

A pokies patron at Players On Lygon yesterday said regulars were shocked by the double slaying.

“Nothing like that has ever happened before, it’s usually a nice, quiet spot,” he said.

“We can’t believe what happened it was just outrageous.

“Everyone will be talking about this for a while.”

A security guard at the venue said he had been told by management not to talk about the shooting.

“It’s a police matter so I can’t comment, sorry,” he said.

– with Liam Houlihan and Hamish Heard

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