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Bikie who shot at ex-girlfriend to scare her jailed by Adelaide court

By Candice Prosser


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A bikie has been jailed for more than four years in South Australia for shooting at a former girlfriend to frighten her.

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Simon Bekiri, 35, had been charged with attempted murder and other offences but most of the charges were dropped and he pleaded guilty to the remaining one of discharging a firearm.

The Supreme Court was told the man fired shots near his ex-girlfriend at Mawson Lakes in northern Adelaide in November 2014 as she and a new boyfriend tried to get away from him.

Justice John Sulan said the crime had been serious and frightening.

"You approached the car as [the boyfriend] was reversing out of the driveway and stepped in front of the car. You slammed the bonnet with your fist and pulled out a gun," he said.

"He then accelerated away and you fired two shots at the car one hit the side of the car in the area of the door.

"Your conduct had a traumatic effect."

The court heard Bekiri was with the Finks motorcycle gang, which became the Mongols, but he said he was no longer a member.

It heard Bekiri's former girlfriend did not like him carrying a gun and he kept messaging her after their relationship had ended.

"She described your conduct as becoming like a stalker," Justice Sulan said.

He said he accepted Bekiri had spent his time in custody reflecting on his life and a desire to change.

"You are intelligent and have potential to further yourself," Justice Sulan said.

"I am satisfied you wish to leave behind your association with motorcycle gangs and members of motorcycle gangs."

He said Bekiri was fortunate to have a supportive family and had good prospects of rehabilitation.

The court imposed a sentence of four years and one month in jail and set a non-parole term of two years.