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Qld man who shot ex facing long jail term

AAP logoAAP 6/10/2016 Sarah Motherwell

A gun-wielding man who tried to kill his ex-partner but was fought off by their young children could spend more than a decade behind bars.

Daryl James Fields, 41, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court to attempting to murder Rachael Moore by trying to shoot her in the chest at her home in April 2014.

Ms Moore received dozens of threatening calls and voicemails from Fields on the day of the attack including one in which he said "you won't be laughing for long".

When Fields turned up at the house that night Ms Moore fled to a bedroom with her children and called triple-zero.

Fields broke down the door, pushed the barrel of a shotgun at Ms Moore's chest and told her "you're not taking my family away".

Ms Moore moved just before Fields fired, causing the pellets to shred her left bicep.

Fields tried to reload but the couple's son, 12, wrested the gun off him while another son, 14, tried to stop Fields from strangling his mother and gouging her eye out.

Their nine-year-old daughter then led Ms Moore out of the house but Fields followed and continued to threaten her.

"Why don't you just die, go to hell," he said.

Ms Moore had 13 operations to reconstruct her arm but was permanently disfigured and disabled by the shooting.

It is unlikely she would have survived the attack without the surgery.

In sentencing submissions on Thursday, the court heard Fields had drunk at least a carton of beer that day and still had a 0.12 blood alcohol level hours after the incident.

Justice Jean Dalton will sentence Fields next week, with his defence lawyer calling for him to be given no more than 12 years in prison.

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