DOUBLE MURDER SENTENCING SET FOR NOVEMBER 9
‘ 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.