'I failed as a mate because I left him out there to die'
A SUPREME Court Justice has labelled the execution-style murder of Jye Burns as calculated and cold.
Shane Michael Oulds was sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday morning after a jury found him guilty of murder.
Oulds shot Mr Burns five times at close range on Old Caloundra Rd at Landsborough about 10pm on July 8, 2010, after they had been on a pub crawl together.
The 40-year-old bikie associate took the unusual step today of reading out a statement in court.
He apologised to Mr Burns' family and referred to the murdered Sunshine Coast man as his 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.
"To my family, words can't explain how much I love them."
He said if it was him who was shot instead of Mr Burns, Mr Burns, 24, would not have left him there.
Oulds' legal team confirmed they would lodge an appeal against their client's conviction on Friday.
He maintained he did not pull the trigger that killed Mr Burns.
Justice David Boddice said the murder was brutal.
"The evidence established a cold, calculated execution of an unarmed human being who was supposedly your friend," he said.
CCTV footage shown to the jury in the trial showed Ould's movements after the killing, including disposing of items in a public bin and visiting a nightclub.
Justice Boddice said the footage showed a person devoid of remorse for the loss of life.
Crown prosecutor Ben Power read out a victim impact statement from Mr Burns' sister.
Mr Power said the statement referred to Mr Burns as a larrakin who missed out on getting married and having kids.
Justice Boddice sentenced Oulds to life imprisonment.
He also sentenced Oulds on two unrelated drug offences committed on the the Gold Coast in 2008.
Oulds received two years jail for the drug offences.
Justice Boddice said Oulds was on bail when he murdered Mr Burns.
Oulds has already served 892 days in custody.
Courtroom ordeal finally over for mum of murdered Jye
MOTHER Gail Burns found some comfort during the trial for her son Jye's murder by keeping treasured memories of him in her handbag.
She had a lone dreadlock, a stubbie holder emblazoned with Jye and his beloved dogs, and the order of service from his funeral with her at all times.
"It was like taking Jye with me into that courtroom each day," she said.
"It was very mentally draining. The whole time we just wanted justice."
The Dalby mother diligently sat through eight days of horrific evidence detailing her son's execution-style killing on a dirt track on the Sunshine Coast.
Mrs Burns said she felt huge relief when Shane Michael Oulds was found guilty of murder on Tuesday night.
"I'm just relieved that he can't go around doing it to anyone else," she said.
"Jye was just like any normal teenager. He went out, enjoyed having a drink, sometimes got into trouble.
"There's things in his life he would have regretted but I don't think any human being deserves to be shot in the back and left on the road.
"If Oulds had a problem with Jye why couldn't he have a man-to-man with him?"
Mrs Burns described her son as a larger-than-life character who had an infectious smile and laugh.
She said he had a Catholic school education in Dalby and loved pig-chasing with his dogs Simba and Fifi.
Jye became a qualified carpenter through a local Dalby company but shifted to the Sunshine Coast.
Mrs Burns said the three-hour drive from Dalby to the Sunshine Coast the day Jye was shot was the "longest trip of our life".