DOU­BLE MUR­DER SEN­TENC­ING SET FOR NOVEM­BER 9

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‘ She ran for her life. What went through her mind in that pe­riod is prob­a­bly be­yond the imag­i­na­tion of all of us. She re­turned to the car but col­lapsed in­side a door and died’

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Mar­garet Cun­neen SC

A WOUNDED and ter­ri­fied woman ran 40m be­fore be­ing shot a sec­ond time by gun­man Daniel Poyn­ton in a road­side am­bush at Moama in 2014 a Syd­ney judge has been told.

Shot in the up­per body the first time as she fled her parked car, Poyn­ton’s sec­ond shot mu­ti­lated one of her arms.

“She ran for her life,” crown pros­e­cu­tor Mar­garet Cun­neen SC said on Fri­day.

“What went through her mind in that pe­riod is prob­a­bly be­yond the imag­i­na­tion of all of us,” she added.

“She re­turned to the car but col­lapsed in­side a door and died.”

Ms Cun­neen said although Poyn­ton had been suf­fer­ing ‘men­tal de­fects’ at the time he had a lengthy crim­i­nal his­tory in three states.

Poyn­ton pleaded guilty in June to the mur­ders of de facto cou­ple Joe­lene Joyce and Jamie Edwards – both aged 36.

They were found dead in a car in Moama by a pass­ing mo­torist in mid-Novem­ber 2014.

Poyn­ton was de­scribed as para­noid when the judge was told the mur­ders hap­pened on the Old De­niliquin Rd af­ter a gun and drug deal gone wrong.

The 25-year-old crossed his arms and hung his head at his NSW Supreme Court sen­tence hear­ing on Fri­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the agreed facts, Poyn­ton and Mr Edwards had been close friends and drug sup­ply as­so­ciates but the re­la­tion­ship “soured con­sid­er­ably” when each re­ceived re­venge threats af­ter an ice rob­bery in Vic­to­ria.

The pair de­cided to meet af­ter Poyn­ton agreed to pur­chase a gun from Mr Edwards and also wanted to buy ice.

Poyn­ton ar­rived on a trail bike with a shot­gun hid­den un­der black cloth­ing be­cause he was wor­ried about a ‘hit’ the court was told.

He no­ticed two cars there in­clud­ing a white Toy­ota Camry with Mr Edwards the driver and Ms Joyce in­side.

The two men got into a fight about cheat­ing al­le­ga­tions then de­cided to move their ve­hi­cles for the deal be­cause Poyn­ton, who was dru­gaf­fected, “was not com­fort­able” with the other car he had seen parked nearby.

Poyn­ton later told po­lice he saw the Camry’s head­lights flash to­wards it.

“He thinks that is what made him do what he did be­cause he then knew the other car was with the de­ceased,” the facts stated. “He said he was para­noid and trip­ping out be­cause of this.”

Poyn­ton walked up to a win­dow of the Camry and said “hey bud” be­fore shoot­ing Mr Edwards in the shoul­der, killing him. He then shot at a flee­ing Ms Joyce. Jus­tice Monika Sch­midt noted the of­fender had ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity for each mur­der, ex­pressed re­morse and had a long-stand­ing sub­stance abuse dis­or­der.

“(But) use of drugs is not a mit­i­gat­ing fac­tor, ever,” she said.

Poyn­ton is sched­uled to be sen­tenced on Novem­ber 9.

BLOODY STORY: Front pages and news re­ports from the River­ine Her­ald in 2014 when the dou­ble mur­der took place in Moama. Af­ter ini­tially es­cap­ing trial on men­tal health grounds, Daniel Poyn­ton has now pleaded guilty and will be sen­tenced in Syd­ney on Novem­ber 9.

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