Man "shot in the chest" after disagreement over iPad

A DISPUTE over a child's iPad which saw a person shot in the chest with an air rifle has resulted in one of the offenders narrowly escaping serving actual time behind bars.

Tracy Margaret Gough, 40, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and one of unlawful wounding stemming from the incident on December 30, 2014 at Goodna.

Crown prosecutor Noel Needham said the offence occurred after there was a dispute between one of the co-accused and an innocent family.

He said one of Gough's accomplices accused the family of stealing his daughter's iPad which she had inadvertently left at the house following a sleep over.

"Gough along with three co-offenders went to the house to confront the family," he said.

"One of the offenders took an air rifle and held it to the victim's chest and fired a shot.

"Another offender swung a baseball bat at the victim's wife before she was struck with the butt of the air rifle.

"Gough went to the house armed with what was described as a machete or spanner."

Mr Needham said the Crown accepted Gough played a lesser role than that of her co-accused in the commission of the offence.

But he said at the end Gough did go to the house armed with a weapon.

Defence barrister Josh Jones said Gough did not participate in any violence and was co-operative with police when they arrived.

He said Gough had no history of drug or alcohol addiction and had a very limited and dated criminal history.

Judge Greg Koppenol was scathing in sentencing Gough to nine months behind bars wholly suspended for an operational period of 18 months.

"Some could say you were all motivated by some sort of vigilantism," he said.

"I would say you were motivated by utter stupidity.

"But I also accept you were not the chief idiot on the day.

"We live in a democratic society . . . We do not live in Turkey where people throw bombs at each other to settle disputes."

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