Govt seeks $185k from murdered son's estate
AFTER facing a gruelling trial for their son's execution-style murder and now awaiting an outcome for his killer's appeal, the parents of a Sunshine Coast man also might have to relinquish $185,000 from his estate.
Raymond and Gail Burns, from Dalby, have been listed as administrators of the estate of Jye Raymond Burns from which the Queensland Government seeks to extract the above sum.
Shane Michael Oulds was sentenced to life imprisonment for shooting Burns, 24, five times at close range on a remote Landsborough road after the pair had been pub crawling between Maroochydore and Mooloolaba together on July 8, 2010.
Court documents show the State of Queensland began perusing Burns under the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002 three months before he died because of alleged illegal drug activity.
The Act's objective is to remove the financial gain and increase the financial loss associated.
Senior Constable Mark Barclay, in a statement before the court, says Burns fled into bushland with a black bag filled with 4121 ecstasy tablets as police tried to pull him over for a random breath test on July 8, 2009 - exactly one year before he died.
He said Burns also was caught with a "brick" of the dangerous drug ice in his 2000 Toyota Hilux.
Sergeant Dale Johnson, in another statement, says police also found $4315 cash when they searched a Buddina home where Burns was living six months later.
The State of Queensland sought orders from the court to restrain the Hilux, the cash and a house he had bought on Alfristron Drv at Buderim to recover the funds in April, 2010.
Crime and Misconduct Commission senior financial investigator Timothy Geraghty examined Burns' financial affairs from July 1, 2006 and July 8, 2010.
As well as two bank accounts and a mortgage, Mr Geraghty found two gambling accounts with huge bets placed often - sometimes thousands of dollars including a $10,000 bet.
He said, in documents before the Supreme Court, that he could not find any cash withdrawals which could have explained the $4315 found at the Buddina house.
Mr Geraghty said Burns paid $7155 cash towards the Buderim house he bought for $390,000 on May 24, 2007.
He said while there was a mortgage and bank cheque to explain the rest of the purchase, there was no evidence of the cash payment source.
Mr Geraghty found gambling expenditure over the period totalling $147,830 and gambling income listed as $69,500.
He said the total known expenditure of $664,349.23 less the total identified income of $479,108.58 led to a calculation of excess expenditure/income of $185,240.65.
Justice James Douglas has now amended the order to add Burns' parents to the forfeiture and proceeds applications before the Brisbane Supreme Court.
All parties have until November to make further submissions on the proceedings which have not yet been determined.