A shooter who was chased from a Wanniassa driveway by his victim has been sentenced in the ACT Supreme Court to serve an intensive corrections order outside of jail.
The victim suffered a serious leg injury which was so deep it exposed muscle and the shin bone on his right leg.
Court documents revealed Ernest Bruce Jacky, 34, was hiding in the garden of a house, waiting for his victim, before the incident two years ago.
It is thought a dispute was sparked by allegations of burglaries at the homes of Jacky’s friends.
Jacky told police someone who looked like the victim was seen in footage of one of the break-ins, but initially denied doing the man any harm.
In response, police said Jacky’s friends took the victim’s car and drove it away.
Days later, after discussions about retrieving his car, the victim was met at a home where Jacky and another man were hiding.
He said Jacky pulled an item, about two foot long, from the back of his pants, pointed it at the victim’s body and demanded he get on the ground.
The man said he told Jacky to “get f*****”, before Jacky cocked the gun and shot him in the leg.
The victim said he was knocked down but got up and tried to run after Jacky.
He told police he knew it was Jacky “110 per cent”.
Jacky was released after his initial arrest, but was later charged with the crime after new evidence from telephone intercepts.
He pleaded guilty to the shooting and to threatening to shoot a witness if she talked to police.
“The conduct was planned,” Justice David Mossop said, adding the threats were also made in circumstances where they represented a real threat.
Jacky will serve two years and nine months on the intensive corrections order, under strict supervision.
But he will remain behind bars for the moment, as he is still to get bail from the ACT Magistrates Court for another crime.
That application will be heard tomorrow.