A young Koonawarra mother who was shot in the face on her front doorstep was in court yesterday just metres from the man who pulled the trigger.
Flanked by family members and supporters, Renae Sullivan sat in the public gallery of Wollongong District Court and faced her attacker, Adam Scott Murray.
The Berkeley man pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm with intent to cause Ms Sullivan grievous bodily harm.
He pleaded not guilty to shooting her with intent to murder, the Crown accepting his plea to the lesser charge.
Ms Sullivan, 22, who has permanent damage to the left side of her face from the ordeal, did not speak publicly after the court appearance, chatting quietly with supporters before leaving the building 15 minutes later.
She entered the courtroom just as Murray, who was in custody, was brought into the dock.
On the night of the attack Ms Sullivan was at home with her 27-year-old partner and four children.
She was shot through a sealed window next to the front door about 6.20pm on February 15 last year.
Her partner and children were not hurt in the attack.
Ms Sullivan was airlifted to St George Hospital in a critical condition.
She spent more than two months there, receiving treatment for her head injuries.
Murray, then 26, was arrested in Oak Flats less than an hour after the incident and charged.
Yesterday, he was due to stand trial over the attack but after discussions between his legal team and prosecutors, Judge Paul Conlon recorded a conviction.
The details of the case against Murray are to be presented today to Judge Conlon who is then expected to set a date for sentencing.