Shane Oulds, 40, shot Jye Burns, 24, five times at close range and left him to die on a Sunshine Coast road
From: The Courier-Mail
December 21, 2012
SHANE Michael Oulds, 40, shot his mate five times at close range and left him on a Sunshine Coast hinterland road to die alone.
But the convicted murderer with bikie links unexpectedly stood in the prisoner's dock at Brisbane's Supreme Court as he was being sentenced yesterday and claimed he wasn't the trigger-man behind the execution-style killing of Jye Raymond Burns, 24.
Instead, Oulds told the court, he'd ''failed as a mate''.
''I want to say to Jye's family, I still cry sometimes and I failed as a mate because I left him out there to die and I have to live with that until the day I die,'' he said.
''If it was me that got shot, Jye wouldn't have left me out there and I'm sorry.''
The Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Club member was jailed for life after a jury took just four hours to find him guilty of the killing on Tuesday night.
Lawyer Peter Shields said the decision would be appealed.
Mr Burns' mother, Dalby woman Gail Burns, broke down outside court.
''We're just relieved it's over,'' she said, flanked by family and supporters.
Her son's body was found by a passing motorist on the side of the Old Caloundra Rd, near Landsborough, riddled with bullets through the face, chest and neck from a .32 calibre revolver about 10pm on July 8, 2010.
The night he was gunned down, Mr Burns had been on a pub crawl with Oulds and another man, Shane Moroney, drinking at watering holes between Maroochydore and Mooloolaba.
Police initially pursued Mr Moroney over the cold-blooded killing but he identified Oulds as the shooter, indemnifying himself against prosecution by promising to take to the witness stand at a future trial.
Mr Moroney testified that Oulds was the true criminal mastermind, who confided in him that the murdered man needed to ''taught a lesson''.
Mr Moroney said he was instructed to drive down a dirt road and ''turn the music up'' when Oulds and Mr Burns left the car under the guise of needing to urinate.
He gave a vivid description of hearing gunshots and watching Mr Burns slump to his knees on the roadside, claiming he'd been too frightened to flee.
CCTV footage showed Oulds partied at a Sunshine Coast club until about 1.30am while Mr Maroney went straight home, throwing iPhones and a handgun into a nearby river, after the shooting.
Oulds dumped clothing he'd been wearing in a bin at the rear of a Sunshine Coast brothel.
Prosecutor Ben Power said Oulds, a cocaine dealer with a passion for kickboxing and cage fighting, could have killed Mr Burns over something as simple as misusing his nickname ''little Capper''.
Barrister Tony Kimmins, for Oulds, argued Moroney was wrong to paint himself as a ''choir boy'' while testifying against the accused, adding he was a heavy cocaine user who ''lived and breathed'' the Sunshine Coast drug scene.
"Was he Bambi or was he a lot tougher than that?" he challenged.
Justice David Boddice sentenced Oulds to life imprisonment for murder and two-years jail for possessing 128 heart-shaped MDMA tablets at Ormeau, south of Brisbane, in 2008.