Girlfriend ‘too scared’ to phone in shooting

A WOMAN who went on the run with her then-boyfriend for two days after the shooting of James Nolan at Bolton Point said she thought about calling police but was scared, Newcastle Supreme Court has heard.

Sabina Frances Pincovai, 28, was placed on a one-year good behaviour bond yesterday after she pleaded guilty to concealing a serious offence.

She was in her Leumeah Place, Bolton Point, home when Mr Nolan was shot in the chest from close range before 9pm on March 19 last year.

He died instantly.

Pincovai, who was also known by the nickname Sammy, screamed, ‘‘What have you done’’, before she and her then-boyfriend fled, a statement of facts said.

They were on the run for two days before police arrested them outside their solicitor’s office at Toronto on March 21.

The gun was never found.

Pincovai told Justice Megan Latham yesterday that she was addicted to amphetamines at the time of the shooting and had previously committed fraud offences to ‘‘survive’’.

She agreed that she had her mobile phone with her while she and her former boyfriend were on the run and that she thought about ringing police, but didn’t because she was scared.

Pincovai said she no longer takes drugs, does not associate with drug users and is working regularly as a labourer in Sydney.

Justice Latham noted that Pincovai spent three months in custody after her arrest before she was granted bail.

A dispute between one of Mr Nolan’s relatives and Pincovai’s former boyfriend led to the shooting, a statement of facts said. Pincovai’s former boyfriend was charged with murder and is before the courts.

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