A former Mongols bikie will plead guilty to threatening to kill a woman even though he maintains he never committed the crime, a court has heard.
Mark Andrew Sandery is charged with threatening to kill or endangering the life of the woman over a $30,000 debt in December 2015 and he has been in custody since.
His lawyer Stacey Carter said if the matter went to trial then he could remain locked up for another year as he may not win bail during the court proceedings.
So Sandery will plead guilty so he can get leave jail and look after his three children, having already served 16 months, which prosecutors say is enough.
"He was charged with threats to kill. He's always disputed them," Ms Carter told Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday.
"The issue is if he contests the allegations he would go to trial for 12 months.
"Essentially he has to put his children first. He wants to just get it resolved.
"My client has done enough time. They are verbal threats."
Sandery allegedly rode his motorcycle to the victim's house and confronted the woman as she was going to work.
The court heard several witnesses have different recollections of what happened.
Sandery is expected to return to court on Wednesday for the matter to be finalised.