A senior Canberra bikie has been jailed for more than seven years after taking part in a revenge attack on a defector, who hid in his bathroom as a bullet was fired into the door.
Justice David Mossop described Aofangatuku Langi as "a person of bad character" as he ordered the 32-year-old to serve a non-parole period of four years and two months.
A jury found Langi, the Canberra Comanchero sergeant-at-arms, guilty in April of aggravated burglary and arson with intent to endanger life.
When Langi fronted the ACT Supreme Court for sentence on Wednesday, Justice Mossop said the offender had been among three or four intruders who attacked a rival in November 2019.
The group kicked down the Kambah door of then-Nomads sergeant-at-arms Alexander Victor Miller, who had joined that gang after being booted out of the Comanchero for "failing to show loyalty".
Miller had been in a long-running dispute with his former Comanchero friends as a result of his "patching over", while he was also embroiled in a personal feud with Christopher James Millington, the only other assailant to have been identified.
Justice Mossop said that in the lead-up to the home invasion, Millington had sent messages referring to Miller as a "gronk" and a "dog".
Miller had responded by torching Millington's Mercedes and sending him pictures of the car burning.
This had prompted Millington to fantasise with Langi about attacking Miller, unaware police could hear their conversations through a covert listening device installed in a different car.
"I want to f--- him up so he has to live with it, man," Millington said in one instance.
On the night in question, Langi, Millington and at least one other person forced their way into Miller's place.
There was a police listening device in the house, as well, and it recorded one of the invaders saying: "Come out, c---. F--- it, discharge at him."
A bullet was then fired into a door jamb between the bathroom and laundry, as Miller sheltered in the bathroom with his then-girlfriend.
The intruders also poured accelerant through parts of the house and one of them said "light it up" before they started a fire and fled.
Justice Mossop said it was not clear precisely what role Langi held within the Comanchero at the time, though the 32-year-old was certainly the Canberra sergeant-at-arms no later than two weeks after the attack.
He found the former construction worker was at least a senior member at the relevant time, motivated to take part in the attack by both the enforcement of the Comanchero culture and a willingness to assist with Millington's "desire for revenge".
The judge added that the fire had caused "very substantial damage" to the Kambah home Miller had been occupying, and it was "only very good fortune" that no one was seriously hurt.
Justice Mossop said Langi had been "earning good money" in construction prior to being arrested and remanded in custody in February 2020.
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The 32-year-old was also a keen churchgoer who had the support of his family.
But the judge described Langi's prospects for rehabilitation as guarded, at best, because of the man's "unfortunate" status as a bikie.
He ultimately imposed a backdated sentence of seven years and three months in jail, with the non-parole period expiring in April 2024.
The judge also ordered Langi to pay nearly $26,000 in reparations to an insurance company.
Langi is currently locked up in the Goulburn jail, from which he appeared by audio-visual link to take his sentence.
Millington, also 32, is in custody there as well. He will be sentenced over his role in the Kambah attack, which included a firing a gun, at a later date.
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