The ex-partner of a Finks bikie has told of her nightmare
life after rival gang members smashed their way into an
Adelaide home and shot one of the bikie's four young sons.
"I did my best to look after them," she told the South
Australian District Court on Thursday.
"I formed a strong bond with them ... I felt very
The woman, whose name is suppressed, broke down while reading
her victim impact statement at the sentence hearing of Hells
Angels associate, Arron James Cluse.
In February, Judge Gordon Barrett found Cluse, 23, guilty of
aggravated serious criminal trespass and two aggravated
counts of endangering life in September 2011.
The woman lived with the then prominent Finks bikie, Mark
Sandery, who was out when windows were smashed, the front
door kicked in and his 11-year-old son shot twice in the leg.
The judge found Cluse was one of those who smashed windows,
finding him guilty on the basis that he was part of a joint
enterprise aimed at striking fear into the occupants.
Up to eight people arrived near the house, with at least five
carrying out the attack and two of them entering the
The woman said everything was quiet and normal before the
attack, which left glass everywhere and the children and her
She was now scared of the dark and of every loud noise, which
reminded her of that night.
She checked inside her wardrobe all the time, found it hard
to trust people and panicked if she was at home alone.
Cluse, who maintains his innocence, wiped away tears as his
lawyer, Martin Anders, told the judge of his devastation at
the stabbing death of his brother, Kayne Cluse, in an
unrelated attack in January.
After their parents separated and his Hells Angels father
moved to Darwin when Cluse was 14, the teenager played a
significant role in bringing up his younger brother and
"He supported both his siblings as though they were his own
children," Mr Anders said.
As he was in jail on remand, Cluse was unable to attend the
funeral although he went to a private viewing of the body the
The hearing will continue on May 9.