The long wait for the Morcombe family is over, with the trial beginning today in Brisbane. I will do my best to follow this trial, which comes more than a decade after young Daniel vanished waiting for a bus.
For anyone wishing to follow or reading about the current murder trial there is a menu link on the home page to each day of the trial. They are sitting Mon-Thu currently
DANIEL Morcombe’s accused killer has pleaded not guilty to murder as his trial gets underway in Brisbane.
Police Video of interview with Cowan released. The last 30 seconds of the 2nd video says SO MUCH…MUST SEE
Video of a police interview with the accused in 2005 has been released by the court. Watch it below
Part 1 and 2 (split for youtube)
update 20/02/14 photos of Cowan can be revealed for the first time after they were tendered in evidence today.
1pm 10/02/14 Cowan, also known as Shadoo Nunya Hunter, entered not guilty pleas to all charges when he was arraigned under both names in Brisbane’s Supreme Court this morning.
The former tow truck driver walked past the Morcombe family in the public gallery before entering the prisoner’s dock, dressed in a grey sports coat and navy pants. I cannot imagine the emotional anguish felt as this mongrel walked past the parents, just a few a feet away
Moments later, Daniel’s mother Denise left the court room clearly upset, with her husband Bruce.
Brett Peter Cowan, 44, was clean shaven and wore a grey suit when he entered the dock in the Supreme Court on Monday.
Cowan appeared before a crowded public gallery that included Daniel’s parents Bruce and Denise Morcombe and his two brothers, Bradley and Dean.
A jury panel is now being selected.
Daniel was 13 when he disappeared while waiting for a bus at Woombye on the Sunshine Coast in 2003. He was on his way to buy Christmas presents for his family.
His remains were found in bushland at the Glass House Mountains, also in the Sunshine Coast’s hinterland, in 2011.
Daniel’s parents and brothers are among more than 150 witnesses who could be called to give evidence during proceedings.
The trial is expected to run for up to six weeks.
As they arrived at court for the trial, Mr and Mrs Morcombe said they felt closer to discovering what had happened to their son.
“Ten years, two months and three days we find ourselves here, so it’s been a long grind,” Mr Morcombe told reporters outside the court.
“But we certainly thank the media, police, the SES and the community for getting us to this point and we’ll see what the next few weeks unfold.”
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the trial had been a long time coming.
“I know the whole Queensland community, in fact, Australian community is watching with interest this week,” he told reporters in Brisbane.
“I am hopeful that certainly we will be able to put the very, very best case to the court.”
Mr and Mrs Morcombe have relentlessly campaigned for justice for Daniel and have dedicated their lives to increasing awareness about child safety.
The foundation they have set up in the son’s name works with schools across the country to educate children about how to keep themselves safe.