An elderly man has gone on trial accused of shooting his former partner in the face over a property dispute.

In the South Australian Supreme Court, Nicolas Tsiplakidis, 87, has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Valerina Petrenko, as well as aggravated charges of threatening harm and causing harm with intent.

Opening the trial, the prosecutor said Tsiplakidis went to a house at Alberton in Adelaide's north-west last July and shot Mrs Petrenko in the face, the bullet narrowly missing major arteries.

The court was told the man lured his daughter to the home and pointed the loaded rifle at her, before he stabbed her husband in the stomach as he tried to intervene.

The prosecutor said the events were a culmination of Tsiplakidis having refused to sign over the title to the house, despite having moved out 30 years earlier.

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