Accused found guilty of cold-blooded murder of Jye Burns

Jye Burns
Jye Burns

THE man accused of taking his mate to a dirt track on the Sunshine Coast and executing him in cold blood was found guilty last night.

Shane Michael Oulds, 40, was convicted just after 8pm of firing five bullets into Jye Burns, originally from Dalby, on July 8, 2010.

The jury spent just over four hours deliberating in Brisbane Supreme Court on the case which began on Monday last week.

On the the night Mr Burns met his death he had been drinking with Oulds and their acquaintance Shane Moroney since early afternoon.

They had been on a pub crawl from Maroochydore to Mooloolaba.

Mr Moroney testified that Oulds told him he needed to teach Mr Burns "a lesson".

He said Oulds told him to drive down Old Caloundra Rd at Landsborough and then got out of the car under the guise of needing to urinate.

"He told me to keep the music up and do a u-turn," Mr Moroney said.

"I heard a gunshot and I saw Jye slouch over and Shane Oulds standing there shooting a gun.

"I was terrified, in shock.

"I turned around as Shane had instructed.

"I heard more gunshots.

"I saw Jye Burns on his knees and Shane was shooting him.

"I accelerated and I was going to get out of there but I thought I'd be killed if I did."

Oulds' defence barrister Tony Kimmins had earlier argued that Mr Moroney might have sounded like a "choir boy" as he testified that he watched Oulds execute Mr Burns.

But Mr Kimmins said Mr Moroney was "living and breathing the Sunshine Coast drug scene" in 2010.

He said Mr Moroney might have presented himself as a "doormat" just following Oulds' instructions but he was a heavy cocaine, ecstasy and alcohol consumer.

"Was he Bambi or was he a lot tougher than that?" Mr Kimmins asked.

Oulds is expected to be sentenced to life in prison tomorrow.

Topics:  jye burns murder shane michael oulds

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