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WA gunman jailed over motorcycle burglary

AAP logoAAP 28/07/2016

A man who armed himself with a gun and stole motorcycles from two riders, causing them lasting trauma, has been jailed in Perth for seven years.

Dylan May and Matthew Smith were enjoying some off-road motorbike riding when they were confronted and threatened by Bobby Punevski at Lakelands in October 2014.

Punevski, 38, fired a shot in the air, pointed the weapon at the pair then ordered them to put the motorcycles on the tray of his ute, and also stole a helmet and money.

He then fired a shot into the engine block of Mr May's car before speeding away.

A jury found Punevski guilty earlier this year of two counts of aggravated armed robbery and he was sentenced in the West Australian Supreme Court on Thursday.

Justice Bruno Fiannaca said the victims had been traumatised by the terrifying ordeal and had believed they were going to be killed.

"Mr May said that when the incident happened he felt scared and worried. He thought he was going to die," Justice Fiannaca said.

"He said he was very angry at the time because when the gun was pointed at him and was fired in the air, his whole life flashed before his eyes and he felt like he was going to cry.

"He said that he could not stop shaking and he went into shock because he was worried that you would come back after you left and that you would try to kill him."

Justice Fiannaca said Mr Smith described it as the "most terrifying experience of his life".

"He says that still to this day thinking or talking about the incident makes him sick in the stomach and causes his heart rate to rise," he said.

Punevski will be eligible for parole.

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