Stephen Pattman lived an ordinary life with his family in suburban Australia, until his 19-year-old daughter began dating the leader of a biker gang known as the ACT rebels.
The man, Ali Bilal, dated his daughter for a full two years while Pattman tried to get her to break up with him and failed. Pattman described his story to the Australian TV program “A Current Affair.”
“I could either do nothing and just watch her end up where — how creative can your mind be — where does she end up?” Pattman said, or he could “get this man close and that’s exactly what I did.”
So Pattman and his son Chris, in an effort to keep an eye on his daughter and her criminal boyfriend, joined the gang themselves, becoming patched members.
“I found myself in situations where I wondered, ‘What the hell have I gotten myself into?’” Pattman recounts.
For three years him and his son endured the trials and tribulations of life on the edge, engaging in various nefarious activities. But eventually it was just too much for them.
“We knew there was going to be repercussions, because once the patch was off our back it didn’t stop there.”
They rightly feared retribution from the gang, as is customary when members quit. And one day they got it, and they were ready.
He and Chris were standing on the side of a street in Canberra, an inland city in northern Australia, when they were confronted by a gang member in a car. Pattman was handed a gun by his son, and he fired it into the car, damaging the hearing of the driver.
The pair fled to a campsite where they ended up hiding out for almost a year. Today, Pattman has plead guilty to the act of endangering life and the unauthorized use of a firearm.
He claims he has no regrets, and his daughter Chloe says that Bilal is out of the crime scene now.
“He claims he is out of that lifestyle now, and I hope he is true to his word because I do and did fear for my daughter’s life being around that scene.”
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