THE victim of a shooting near Pyramid Hill has avoided jail time after crashing a car and being involved in a burglary.
The 23-year-old woman appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Monday where she pleaded guilty to charges relating to the shooting along with other offending.
The court heard the woman and two men went to Abdul Elraoui's rural property in Mincha, near Pyramid Hill, in the early hours of June 11, 2019.
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One of the men cut the lock that secured the gate to the property, before reversing the car about 120 metres up the driveway towards the house.
They parked the car and all three exited the vehicle. The two men looked around the property, with one of them beginning to move a four-wheeled motorcycle towards the car.
Elraoui awoke and looked through his bedroom window to see the woman holding a mobile in her hand.
Elraoui armed himself with a loaded semi-automatic assault rifle and went outside. The woman heard a clicking noise and walked towards it.
She was standing there with her mobile phone, which was emitting a light, when she saw Elraoui crouching down on the ground while holding the firearm.
The woman called out, asking if anyone was there, and Elraoui stood up and shot at the light emitting from her phone. The bullet struck her upper left arm near her elbow.
The woman dropped her phone and screamed out in pain. As she turned to run, Elraoui shot at her again, striking her left back area.
The woman was hospitalised and received treatment for the gunshot wounds.
Elraoui last week pleaded guilty in the County Court to charges of intentionally causing injury and conduct endangering life following the incident.
Police interviewed the 23-year-old woman sometime after the incident. She told officers she did not know how she got to Elraoui's house and that she thought she was going to stay with a friend of one of the men.
The court heard shortly after midnight on December 19 last year, a witness woke to see a Toyota crashed in the front yard of his house.
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Police arrived to see the driver had fled the scene. As they were speaking to the bystander, the 23-year-old woman approached the officers and admitted to driving the car.
The woman said before the crash, she drove onto the wrong side of the road and collided with a light post. The car then continued on the nature strip for about 25 metres before crashing into the brick letterbox.
An oral fluid test showed the woman had methamphetamine in her system at the time of the crash. She admitted to taking the drug ice prior to the collision.
The 23-year-old on Monday also pleaded guilty to a number of disqualified driving charges and intervention order breaches.
The woman, who represented herself in court, told the magistrate she had moved away from the Bendigo area because she knew she needed to "get away".
The woman admitted she had issues with drug abuse.
Magistrate Russell Kelly said it was clear the woman had made a few mistakes and had a few "dodgy" relationships.
But Mr Kelly said it appeared like she was a "vibrant and intelligent" young woman who had taken steps to change her situation.
The woman was convicted and sentenced to an 18-month community corrections order. As part of the order, she will need to complete treatment for mental health and drug abuse.
The woman's licence was also cancelled and she was disqualified from driving for 12 months.
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