Daniel Morcombe murder trial jury -guilty all charges


GUILTY ALL CHARGES-WHAT A RELIEF AND WHAT A BASTARD-CAN NOW BE REVEALED HE IS WAS A SERIAL SEX OFFENDER

Brett Peter Cowan found GUILTY murdering schoolboy Daniel Morcombe in 2003

Brett Peter Cowan found GUILTY murdering schoolboy Daniel Morcombe in 2003

At a 2011 coronial inquest into Daniel’s disappearance, Cowan admitted he had been abusing children since he was a child of nine or 10 years old himself.

By the time he was 18, he had preyed on up to 30 children.

Many of them were targeted at a local swimming pool in fleeting encounters in order to avoid detection.

His first conviction for child sexual offences was for an attack on a seven-year-old boy in Queensland in 1987.

While performing community service at a playground, he took the boy into the public toilets and molested him.

After two years on the run, he was arrested and sentenced in 1989 to two years in jail for indecent dealing.

Four years later, while living at a caravan park in Darwin, Cowan attacked again.

A six-year-old boy was looking for his sister, but when he approached Cowan, Cowan took him into bushland and molested him so violently the victim suffered a punctured lung from choking.

Cowan left the boy to die in an old car, before the child staggered into a service station naked, dazed and bleeding.

Cowan initially denied any involvement, at one stage telling detectives: “I hope you catch the bastard.”

He confessed only after police told him they had found DNA evidence.

In late September 1993, Cowan pleaded guilty to gross indecency, grievous bodily harm and deprivation of liberty, and was sentenced to seven years in jail.

When he was released on parole in 1998, Cowan moved to the Sunshine Coast to live with relatives and became involved in the Christian Outreach Church, through which he met his former wife.

The pair married in 1999, and by December 2003 they were living in Beerwah with their baby son, but Cowan had cut ties with the church and the marriage was strained.

On December 7, 2003, Cowan spotted his next victim on the side of the Nambour Connection Road waiting for a bus.

He was a fresh faced boy called Daniel and he was wearing a red shirt.

Cowan once looked into the eyes of Daniel’s parents, Bruce and Denise, and said: “I had nothing to do with Daniel’s disappearance, nothing at all.”

He told the brazen lie while giving evidence at a coronial inquest into the teenager’s disappearance in March 2011.

The guilty verdicts bring to an end the biggest police investigation in Queensland’s history and Australia’s biggest missing person’s case.

The jury in the murder trial of the man accused of killing Queensland teenager Daniel Morcombe has retired to consider its verdicts.

Daniel Morcombe Discussion Page here

Daniel Morcombe in the T shirt he was wearing when went missing.

Daniel Morcombe in the T shirt he was wearing when went missing.

Daniel was abducted and murdered on the Sunshine Coast in 2003 and his remains were found in nearby bushland in 2011. previous posts and daily coverage of trial here

Brett Peter Cowan, also known as Shaddo N-Unyah Hunter, has pleaded not guilty to murder, indecent treatment of a child, and interfering with a corpse.

Brett Peter Cowan is accused of murdering schoolboy Daniel Morcombe in 2003.

Brett Peter Cowan is accused of murdering schoolboy Daniel Morcombe in 2003.

Update 13/03/14

JURORS deciding the fate of Queensland schoolboy Daniel Morcombe’s accused killer are deliberating for a second day.

The six men and six women on the Supreme Court jury retired at lunchtime on Wednesday to consider their verdict in the trial of Brett Peter Cowan.

They left the Brisbane courtroom after Justice Roslyn Atkinson told them they may consider a manslaughter verdict.

They deliberated for three and a quarter hours on Wednesday before the court was adjourned for the day.

Justice Roslyn Atkinson began proceedings this morning delving into the undercover police operation.

She told jurors they cannot use against Cowan his right to remain silent when he was arrested.

Justice Atkinson told the jury it had been a long trial with a lot of evidence.

She said jurors could check any facts of the case while considering their verdicts.

Justice Atkinson has provided jurors with a question trail to help them reach verdicts.

Earlier this week, prosecution and defence lawyers gave their final submissions.

In the past four weeks, more than 100 witnesses have given evidence at the trial.

The court heard police found the schoolboy’s remains at an old macadamia farm at Beerwah in 2011.

Seventeen bone fragments were found after one of the largest searches undertaken by police and State Emergency Service volunteers.

Defence lawyer Angus Edwards said there was no proof Cowan killed Daniel and the alleged confessions recorded by undercover police were made up.

Mr Edwards said it was more likely convicted child rapist Douglas Jackway killed the schoolboy.

“For a fellow like him to be driving down that stretch of road past Daniel Morcombe would have been like a snake going past a wounded mouse,” Mr Edwards said.

“He stalked, abducted and killed Daniel Morcombe, and if you accept that, all the other evidence in this trial will fall into place.”

He said Jackway’s sexual assault of a boy in 1995 had striking similarities to Daniel’s case.

He owned a blue car, and a blue car was seen by witnesses circling and stalking the teenager as he waited for a bus, Mr Edwards said.

The car “wasn’t always in the same position. It was stalking Daniel Morcombe”, he said.

The inevitable conclusion, Mr Edwards said, was that Jackway was involved in Daniel’s abduction.

He said although there was no direct evidence of the convicted paedophile’s involvement, the jury should draw inferences.

But prosecutors said that scenario was a red herring and Cowan’s confessions were truthful because of their detailed nature and gravity.

Crown prosecutor Michael Byrne said Cowan alone led police to Daniel’s remains and his confessions were not forced.

Mr Byrne said despite Jackway’s horrendous crimes, he was a “cheap target” and there was no evidence he was on the Sunshine Coast that day.

Justice Atkinson told the jury yesterday to put out of their minds anything they have seen, heard or read about the trial outside of the courtroom.

“The evidence is what you’ve heard in this court and not recollections of what you might have read in the newspaper or seen on television or heard on the radio at some time during the past or even during the trial,” she said.

“You should dismiss all feelings of sympathy or prejudice against the defendant or anyone else.

“Nor should you allow public opinion to sway you, you must approach your duty dispassionately.”

A Look back at the key developments in the murder case of Queensland schoolboy Daniel Morcombe.

December 7, 2003:

Daniel Morcombe, 13, vanishes while waiting for a bus under the Kiel Mountain Road overpass on Nambour Connection Road at Woombye on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. He was on his way to go Christmas shopping when he disappeared.

December 7, 2004:

About 1,000 people attend a memorial service to mark the first anniversary of Daniel Morcombe’s disappearance. A special plaque is also unveiled at the site.

October 4, 2004:

A $250,000 reward is posted by the Queensland Government for information leading to an arrest or conviction.

February, 2005:

Parents Bruce and Denise Morcombe launch the Daniel Morcombe Foundation to continue their message on child safety.

December 1, 2008:

A record $1 million private reward is offered for new information about the disappearance.

April, 2010:

The State Coroner receives an extensive investigation report, containing thousands of pages, from police regarding the suspected death.

October 13, 2010:

A coronial inquest led by State Coroner Michael Barnes begins. The inquest is held in Maroochydore and Brisbane. It adjourns on April 6, 2011.

August 13, 2011:

Brett Peter Cowan, 41, is arrested and charged. Police and State Emergency Service volunteers search bushland in the Sunshine Coast hinterland as part of the investigation. Over the next two months, a pair of shoes and human bones are discovered. DNA results confirm they belong to Daniel Morcombe.

November 26, 2012:

Cowan’s committal hearing begins in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

December 7, 2012:

A funeral is held for Daniel Morcombe at St Catherine of Siena Church at Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast, nine years to the day since he disappeared. He was laid to rest at Woombye Cemetery.

February 7, 2013:

Cowan ordered to stand trial in the Supreme Court of Queensland. He is charged with murder, indecent treatment of a child and interfering with a corpse.

February 10, 2014:

Cowan’s trial begins. It is expected to take six weeks. A pool of about 100 potential witnesses may be called to give evidence.

Brett Cowan, portrait of a monster

March 13, 2014 – 2:31PM

The little boy was looking for his sister. He was six and dressed only in a pair of underpants as he wandered alone through the BP Palms Caravan Park on the Stuart Highway on the outskirts of Darwin.

The little boy lived in the caravan park with his family. Brett Peter Cowan lived in a neighbouring van.

Around dusk on a Thursday night in September 1993, Brett Cowan, then aged 24, approached the boy and asked him if he wanted to go for a walk to see an old car wreck abandoned in the bush not so far away.

The pair left the trailer park, climbed through a hole in a wire fence and walked along a scrubby bush track. When the little boy asked Cowan how far it was to the wreck, the young man swung him up on to his shoulders for the final 200 metres.

Cowan then lay the boy on the upturned rust bucket, pulled the boy’s underpants down and dropped his own shorts.

About an hour later, the boy, naked and filthy now, stumbled through the dark back into the BP Palms service area. Northern Territory Supreme Court documents reveal he was dazed and distressed.

In intensive care at Royal Darwin Hospital the extent of his injuries became apparent. A collapsed and punctured left lung, haemorrhaged eyes, a bloodied nose, abrasions across his face, a deep cut in his scrotum area.

A doctor said the boy’s “combination of injuries was consistent with his having sustained a complex series of injuries involving an asphyxial element, blunt force injury, sharp force injury and anal penetration”. The boy’s wounds were heavily contaminated with carbon-containing material, “consistent with contact with a heavily ashed bushfire area”.

After initially denying any involvement, Brett Peter Cowan made a full confession. He told police that he needed help.

But just how much help did he get? It’s a question that many will be asking about the 44-year-old, who on Thursday was found guilty in Brisbane’s Supreme Court of murdering 13-year-old Daniel Morcombe on the Sunshine Coast on December 7, 2003.

In Queensland’s highest-profile criminal case ever, Cowan, the father of three young boys, now awaits Justice Roslyn Atkinson’s sentencing decision.

It might be little consolation to Daniel’s heartbroken and weary parents, Bruce and Denise Morcombe, that Cowan denies molesting their son. “I never got to molest him or anything like that; he panicked and I panicked and grabbed him around the throat and just before I knew it, he was dead,” Cowan confessed to an undercover police officer in Perth in August 2011.

“I was starting to pull his pants down … and he said, ‘oh no’, and he started to struggle..” Cowan told the officer. In a later conversation, he said, “… if I didn’t panic I could’ve been there for an hour doing stuff.”

Whatever jail term Justice Atkinson settles on, it will be Cowan’s third for crimes against boys. He was sentenced to two years’ jail in 1989 after indecently dealing with a seven-year-old boy. Cowan was 18 when he took the boy into a public toilet in Brisbane and molested him.

In June 1994, he was sentenced to seven years’ jail for his crimes against the little boy in Darwin. But by 1998, only four years later, Cowan was out of jail and living in the Sunshine Coast community of Bli Bli with his aunt and uncle who were pastors at the Suncoast Christian Church (formerly the Christian Outreach Centre).

It was to be a new start for the convicted paedophile and small-time drug dealer, a 190cm-tall man with a goatee, two silver earrings, a tattoo of a clown on his shoulder and two upper-arm tattoos –  one of a skull holding a smoking gun with skeletal fingers, the other of a skull in a top hat.

At one point Cowan was going to church three times a weekend. He met a girl through church and, in September 1999, after a church wedding ceremony, they celebrated at a reception at the Big Pineapple, a remnant of gaudy 1970s tourism on the Nambour Connection Road.

The couple started their life together in Beerwah, an old sugarcane town spliced by Steve Irwin Way and with a view of the jagged Glasshouse Mountains. Cowan smoked pot and did a bit of this, a bit of that — odd jobs, tow-truck driving, industrial spray-painting — until someone hooked him up with local businessman Trevor Davis. “I thought quite a lot of Brett,” says Mr Davis, who owns a sandblasting business.

By all accounts, Cowan had a disciplined upbringing. “He was an army brat,” says Mr Davis of his former employee, who was born in Bunbury, Western Australia, in September 1969. He and his three brothers spent much of their childhood in Brisbane’s Everton Park. Cowan’s father, Peter, retired from the Army having achieved the rank of major.

Mr Davis says Brett Cowan was intelligent and hard-working, “an open and friendly chap” who got on with customers and “never forgot anything I taught him”.

Mr Davis was so impressed by his employee that he bought a second sandblasting business with the intention that Cowan could run it independently. “I figured that I could front him into it,” says Mr Davis.

Tracey Lee Moncrieff gave birth to the couple’s first child, a little boy, in mid 2003, about six months before Bruce and Denise Morcombe’s little boy vanished from a bus stop under an overpass at Woombye on the Nambour Connection Road.

Police quickly identified Cowan as a person of interest in their investigation. Cowan was interviewed and, just before Christmas, his white Pajero was carted off to Nambour police station where it was scoured it for evidence. Nothing was found.

Cowan denied having anything to do with the case. He would later officially change his name in a vain attempt to avoid further scrutiny. His new name was “Shaddo N-unyah Hunter” — “Shaddo” because it was his dog’s name and his dog followed him around like a shadow. When undercover police asked what “N-unyah” was all about, he replied “Nunyah business”.

In 2004, Moncrieff gave birth to his second son but the marriage was soon over. At some point Cowan’s spiritual observance had come to an end too.  “Something was preached over the pulpit that I didn’t agree with and (I) went and spoke with the pastor about it and he wouldn’t change his mind so…” he would later tell police.

“He just didn’t appear at a job site one day and that was the last I saw of him,” says Trevor Davis. “He just did a bunk.”

The Darwin judge who sentenced Cowan after his sex attack on the six-year-old boy described Cowan as a “pathological liar and a person who is prepared to steal even from his own parents”. He had lived a “parasitic existence, relying on social security and his parents”, the judge said, listing offences including stealing, break and enter and unlawful use of motor vehicles.

After he left Moncrieff, Cowan seems to have resumed that behaviour, drifting through a drug-hazed underclass, from what he described as “Nam-boring”, to Moranbah in north Queensland and then, by the time of the Nerang interview in 2005, to Uki in the Tweed Valley.

In 2008 he was living with 18-year-old Leticha Anne Harvey in Durack, Ipswich. By December 2009 she’d given birth to their son and they were living in a caravan park on Bribie Island in Moreton Bay off Brisbane. Cowan would later tell undercover police that he’d lost access to his two oldest children and that his brother and his wife had custody of his youngest son.

By March 2011 when Cowan was called to give evidence at the inquest into Daniel Morcombe’s disappearance, he was living in yet another caravan park — this time in Perth with another woman, also called “Tracey”, a woman he described as “a friend with benefits”, and his pet “birdie”, a “twenty-eight” or Australian ring-neck parrot.

At the inquest in the Brisbane Coroners Court, Cowan was Dubbed “P7”, “Person of Interest 7”. He had been bullied at school, Cowan told the court, and came to struggle with his bisexuality.

He admitted to smoking “cones” of marijuana in his hotel room each morning he was required to give evidence.

He admitted something else as he tried to convince the inquest he wasn’t involved in Daniel’s disappearance. “I wasn’t interested in teenage boys. I was interested in six, seven and eight-year-old boys.”

On April 1, excused from the inquest, Cowan caught a flight back to Perth. On the plane, he sat next to a bloke who introduced himself as Joe Emery. They got chatting and swapped numbers. “Joe Emery” was the false name of an undercover police officer. One of the most extraordinary undercover police investigations in Australia’s history had begun.

77 thoughts on “Daniel Morcombe murder trial jury -guilty all charges

  1. Have to say I’m surprised they are taking this long. I think as per the judges instructions they must be going through the questions she set out one by one, ticking the boxes and so on. I’m sure no juror wants to see a guilty plea overturned on appeal.mmmm I so hope I’m right.

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  2. It’s imminent folks…. the jury has reached a verdict!!! They came to a verdict just before 1pm. It is not clear whether Justice Roslyn Atkinson will hear the verdict now or after lunch at 2.30pm.

    But REPEAT, the jury HAS reached a verdict.

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  3. Daniel’s parents Bruce and Denise have taken their seats in the public gallery with Daniel’s twin Bradley and older brother Dean. Members of the Morcombes’ extended family are also in the public gallery.
    “Mr” Cowan has been seated in the dock and spoken briefly with his defence lawyer Tim Meehan. Crown prosecutors Michael Byrne QC and Glen Cash have returned to the court room.

    The six men, six women jury deliberated for seven and a half hours. But the HAVE reached a verdict!

    The sense of anticipation is massive…

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  4. Sentencing will not happen til 2.30pm (but at least it’s today!)

    Morcombe family embracing lawyers and homicide detectives… brothers crying…

    Lets put this filthy, dirty man in prison where he belongs… what a class-A grub…

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  5. At a 2011 coronial inquest into Daniel’s disappearance, Cowan admitted he had been abusing children since he was a child of nine or 10 years old himself.
    By the time he was 18, he had preyed on up to 30 children.
    Many of them were targeted at a local swimming pool in fleeting encounters in order to avoid detection.
    His first conviction for child sexual offences was for an attack on a seven-year-old boy in Queensland in 1987.
    While performing community service at a playground, he took the boy into the public toilets and molested him.
    After two years on the run, he was arrested and sentenced in 1989 to two years in jail for indecent dealing.
    Four years later, while living at a caravan park in Darwin, Cowan attacked again.
    A six-year-old boy was looking for his sister, but when he approached Cowan, Cowan took him into bushland and molested him so violently the victim suffered a punctured lung from choking.
    Cowan left the boy to die in an old car, before the child staggered into a service station naked, dazed and bleeding.
    Cowan initially denied any involvement, at one stage telling detectives: “I hope you catch the bastard.”
    He confessed only after police told him they had found DNA evidence.
    In late September 1993, Cowan pleaded guilty to gross indecency, grievous bodily harm and deprivation of liberty, and was sentenced to seven years in jail.
    When he was released on parole in 1998, Cowan moved to the Sunshine Coast to live with relatives and became involved in the Christian Outreach Church, through which he met his former wife.
    The pair married in 1999, and by December 2003 they were living in Beerwah with their baby son, but Cowan had cut ties with the church and the marriage was strained.
    On December 7, 2003, Cowan spotted his next victim on the side of the Nambour Connection Road waiting for a bus.
    He was a fresh faced boy called Daniel and he was wearing a red shirt.
    Cowan once looked into the eyes of Daniel’s parents, Bruce and Denise, and said: “I had nothing to do with Daniel’s disappearance, nothing at all.”
    He told the brazen lie while giving evidence at a coronial inquest into the teenager’s disappearance in March 2011.
    The guilty verdicts bring to an end the biggest police investigation in Queensland’s history and Australia’s biggest missing person’s case.

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  6. He has served two prison sentences for child-sex offences… he fiddled up some poor young boy in a public toilets in Brisbane in the 80s. But the Darwin incident, that is brutal… I knew he had one prior – but I didn’t know he had two! Not surprising at all in retrospect… (I forgot to check if he had convictions outside QLD !! Silly me !!! Doh! )

    As Robbo mentioned, this man is a serial offender – and his crimes against children have increased in gravity of seriousness..

    I have a fairly good idea of the type of sentence that is appropriate for this scumbag. And I’m fairly certain Justice Atkinson does too…

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  7. Yeah I knew JJE, thanks for all your input. I tried to invoke some discussion (so it wasnt from the owner of this site) along the lines I dont know if he has done anything or not previously blah blah, well knowing he had.

    The DPP here in VIC hammered me over the Jill Meagher case and what I revealed about Bailey. I have the letter in a frame on my wall here at home! So I did not want the site disappearing over this case…

    A happy day for the Morcombes and Australia and a boost for Mr.Big Stings, although unlike Canada where it was first used, where the media and courts are banned from giving the workings of the sting to preserve its effectiveness, here in OZ we do.

    Any crim now who gets caught the same way deserves life for stupidity, but most are anyway!

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  8. This man is a more than a twisted creep. Look at this video for a brief description of his previous crimes. The rape of the 6 yer old boy in Darwin actually left the boy with a punctured lung, black eyes, heavy bruising and skin tears/bleeding around the scrotum consistent with anal rape and being penetrated with a foreign object…(the crushing and choking the victim suffered is eerily reminiscent of how he killed Daniel). This man is more than a sicko fiddler… he is a completely depraved paedophile of the worst type… with no remorse or empathy… a man who by his own admission is an “opportunistic” offender who targets vulnerable children…

    And what outrages me is that the previous jail sentences he had, he served half his first one and just over half his second… Although this may not have stopped his future offending, it’s time the community has a discussion about notifying people in the area where sex offenders live. He WAS a registered sex offender at the time of Daniel’s abduction – that is what drew police to him in the first place…

    It shudders me to think there are other victims out there – and potentially victims he has killed…

    http://www.news.com.au/national/daniel-morcombe-trial-what-the-jury-wasnt-told-about-brett-cowan/story-e6frfkp9-1226852468671

    (the picture of him with his tongue sticking out makes me quiver….)

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  9. The sentencing process is underway NOW. Victim impact statements are being read, criminal history described etc etc…

    Have patience folks…

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  10. Bruce Morcombe has started reading his victim impact statement to the court. He is addressing Cowan, who sits in the dock. Cowan is staring ahead, not looking at Mr Morcombe.

    Cowan showed no emotion as the verdict was handed down by the way…

    Typical cold hearted remorseless bast#rd…

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  11. Bruce Morcombe got a round of applause from the gallery as he finished reading his statement. Crown Prosecutor Michael Byrne is reading Denise’s statement on her behalf. She is crying in the gallery.

    Again scumbag Cowan is starring straight ahead.

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  12. Morcombe family are unloading both barrels on this scumbag in their victim impact statements.

    “Sitting in the same room as you revolts me.” Bruce.M

    “You evil, evil, inhuman thing. You will pay for your actions, you will pay big time.” Denise.M

    “These are the acts of a psychopath who cannot be rehabilitated, I’m glad you have been exposed for the murdering sexual predator you are.” Dean.M

    “Daniel cannot join me for a beer or be my best man at my wedding.” Bradley.M

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  13. Defence barrister Angus Edwards has asked the judge to only extened his non-parole period to 20 years. He has also told the court his client had been diagnosed with emphysema – a lung condition. It provoked laughter from the public gallery.

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  14. Hmm… update… Justice Atkinson has addressed the court and has retired to consider the sentence (which clearly is going to be a big one). She said she will return “soon”, but rumour is the actual sentence will be handed down tomorrow… Stay tuned, I am still trying to verify this….

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  15. Sorry to get your hopes up folks, but court has adjourned for the day…

    The actual sentence will be handed down tomorrow (morning probably)

    But hey, the verdict was a pearler – exactly what I thought it would be and exactly what it should be.

    I would like to draw attention to what prosecutor Mr Byrne said about scumbag Cowan during sentencing submissions.

    “Having confessed, having been arrested, he employed what, in our respectful submission, can only be called a cynical defence. It was a case of one sexual offender targeting another.”

    He is referring to the defence alleging that another registered child sex offender was the killer, not Cowan.

    There is no honour among thieves – and in scumbag Cowan’s case, there is no shred of honour, shame (let alone remorse) among violent child sex offenders. Jackway is a perverted maggot.. he was convicted in 1995 and served 8 years for abducting and assaulting/digitally raping a boy. He has other convictions for deviant behaviour, including rape of a girl. But despite the defence’s best efforts, it was established the Jackway spent the day with friends around Goodna, near Ipswich. Cowan thought he could just blame other child sex offenders… I see what the prosecution was saying… it was entirely cynical of Cowan to build his defence around him pointing the finger at other child sex offenders…

    “He has no real remorse. He is an ongoing danger to the community and he has remarkably poor prospects of rehabilitation.”

    I couldn’t agree more.

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  16. Watching the so called confession to the undercover police I was amazed at how little concern this germ showed when discussing the crime against Daniel
    It was pretty obvious that Cowan the coward wasn’t upset by revealing such disgusting facts eg kiddy fiddling disposing of the body and covering up tracks
    It was like he had done it before ie harmed kids
    The magistrates who gave this vile parasite his freedom so often with soft short sentences need to have this case shoved in their faces
    How bad do you need to be to be locked away for a very long time ? Is it three strikes then your out ? So many kids suffered badly because of Cowan ‘s so called prospects of rehab or due to his rights to get back to society
    And I really wonder if there weren’t more
    The police did a fantastic job here and their dedication has given all kids out there safety from being the next victim of this monster

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  17. Just wanted to let you know the date is incorrect. Should be /14 Not /13

    “update 13/03/21

    JURORS deciding the fate of Queensland schoolboy Daniel Morcombe’s accused killer are deliberating for a second day.”

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  18. I am so glad that the people of the jury have found this piece of shit guilty. This still give me no hope for justice just yet let’s hope Atkinson GETS it right this time and puts this monster away for life. Now in saying that I DONT want him to be killed in prison, that would be far to easy I want him to suffer a life time of pain and cruelty every day something different and when this piece of snot has had enough revive him let him heal and unleash on him again. I think I speak for every mother and father out there. My heart goes out to the Morcombe family mine and my families hearts souls and preys are with you. Max graham

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  19. Scumbag Cowan is in the dock, wearing his Friday best, dressed up like he is about to hit the town for a night out; a grey suit jacket and navy pants. Unfortunately for him, he won’t be going on a pub crawl in the CBD.

    People filing into court. Morcombe family has not entered yet.

    Justice Atkinson will first address an application by four television stations, as well as Queensland Newspapers, to broadcast her sentencing remarks live

    “This has never been previously done in Queensland, therefore I should exercise caution before I should embark on such an exercise” she said.

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  20. Application refused. (was for sentencing to be broadcast via television cameras)

    Although I think the concept is fine, I am glad Justice Atkinson is not rocking he boat and giving Scumbag Cowan another potential avenue of appeal.

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  21. Justice Atkinson said to Scumbag Cowan,

    “Whenever anyone is considering the prospect of granting you parole they should mark my words, that you are a convincing, plausible and adaptive liar”

    YES! That’s what we want to hear….

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  22. Cowan has been sentenced to life with 20 years non parole for the murder of Daniel Morcombe.

    “In view of criminal histories and the enormity of the crime that you have committed it is appropriate in my view to set the parole eligibly date after you have served 20 years of your sentence,” Justice Atkinson said.

    “I am not of the view that you should rereleased in 20 years time … that is not in my control.”

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  23. This lowest of the low maggot filth had done jail time on two occassions in the 1990,s and was given early realease and the usual parole and had been sentenced for violence, rape and the usual sex crimes, but the prison system still let him out. And this is before he abducted and murdered his lastest victim Daniel M!…… Our justice system is SO fu*****d UP!…… Had Cowan been kept in jail longer and under tighter watch, maybe he would not have had the change to commit this horrible murder back in 2003!……. And I have heard that he is being offered a non parole of 15 years in hgis pre sentence hearing. Hope the judge does not even give this SCUM a change of mercy, like was given to Adrian Earnest Bayley, only 35 years, on bloody high Protection from other inmates!…… Cowan must be sentened to NEVER TO BE REALEASED OR 1000 YEARS WITH EVER COMES FIRST.

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    • agree 100% so below community standards and expectations, time for an overhaul, Get rid of concurrent sentencing for starters. Go American style add them all up and say 200 years etc.

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  24. http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view…cle=462&page=0

    Don’t know if correct or not but Cowan allegedly to be housed at Wolston Correctional Centre.
    “Queensland’s $127 million, state-of-the-art male supergrass jail, Wolston Correctional Centre (Wally World), houses rock spiders. They share Wally World with the State’s jailyard dogs (criminal/prisoner informers) who serve their time in protective custody under a relaxed regime of incarceration. Although the prison is also segmented to isolate Queensland’s female prisoner population it is largely populated by protected male prisoners who regard Wally World as a reward. It is their ticket to lower security classifications, prison farms and parole; guaranteed concessions not available in other maximum security jails”.

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  25. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-14/nt-parole-officer-regrets-transfer-of-cowant-to-qld/5321586
    Former parole officer regrets transfer of Brett Cowan from Northern Territory jail to Queensland
    A former parole officer says it was his decision to move the man who killed Daniel Morcombe from a prison in the Northern Territory to Queensland.
    After he had served four years in an Alice Springs jail, Mr Drew requested that Cowan be transferred to a prison in Queensland because the Territory corrections system did not have a sexual offenders treatment program.

    He says he was certain Cowan would re-offend if he was released without treatment.

    “It is history now that it was not successful but I had to try something,” he said.

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  26. Wolston Correctional Centre is an Australian prison facility in Richlands, Queensland, Australia. Wolston is a ‘protection’ prison, and as such houses many paedophiles, sex offenders and high profile prisoners.
    Notable prisoners[edit]

    Mohamed Haneef – [1]
    Leonard Fraser –
    Dennis Ferguson –
    Brett Peter Cowan –

    Trial[edit]
    On 7 February 2014, Brett Peter Cowan was ordered to stand trial.[23] He was charged with murder, indecently dealing with a child under the age of 16 and improperly dealing with a corpse.[23] The trial, at the Supreme Court of Queensland, began on 10 February 2014[23] under Justice Roslyn Atkinson.[24] The prosecution closed its case on 7 March. 116 witnesses gave evidence and over 200 exhibits were tendered in evidence.[24] Cowan pleaded not guilty and declined to give evidence.[24]

    Verdict[edit]
    On 13 March 2014, Cowan was found guilty of all charges.[1] Cowan had two previous convictions for child sex offences.[25].

    Sentence[edit]
    On 14th March 2014, at 12:12 pm Eastern Standard Time, Brett Peter Cowan was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years for murder of Daniel Morcombe, unlawful interference with a child & the interference with a corpse. He will also serve 3 1/2 years for indecently dealing with a child. Judge Roslyn Atkinson said “but I don’t think you should be released in 20 years time” which could affect his sentence.

    Impact[edit]
    The Morcombe family started the “Daniel Morcombe Foundation”,[26] and has put its resources into keeping Morcombe’s disappearance in the public eye and trying to find out what happened to their son. The foundation is committed to educating children about personal safety and to raising awareness throughout Australia of the dangers of predatory criminals. These efforts are supported by the Australian media, especially on each anniversary of Morcombe’s disappearance when a “Day for Daniel” is held to promote awareness of the vulnerability of children. An accompanying event is the “Ride for Daniel”, which covers 50 km of the Sunshine Coast, held each year since 2005.[27]
    Morcombe’s murder was the focus of the Crime Investigation Australia Season 1 episode “Tears for Daniel”.[28]

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  27. BOMBSHELL —- just now —- the QLD Attorney-General is reviewing Cowan’s sentence and seeking advice from director of public prosecutions.

    wOOt !!!!

    I think this means they want to throw away the key…

    Finally someone is getting the message… Hurrah!

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    • Confirmed. Ch 7 two News with Mel said QLD Attorney General reviewing minimum sentencing amid protests on social media, public, Bravehearts and police in COWAN case. Judge Atkinson only had 20 years to throw at him because of minimum sentencing!!! She would have liked to given him more, but was restricted by minimum sentencing. NOW it is under review!!!

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  28. Why don’t we have sentences that follow each sentence instead of over the top of each other. Its crap. for example In USA they get 20 for x, 12 for Y and 60 for Z =92 years, here we have 20+4+6=20???????

    Crims know all they serve is the head sentence and all the other charges get cancelled out being concurrently.BULLSHIT. Should accumulate(right word?) you all know what I mean.They laugh at us these bastards when they go back to jail.

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    • I agree 100%. Although I think in the US it is up to the judge’s discretion whether the sentences run consecutively or concurrently. Our legal system could only improve if our judges had the same jurisdiction.

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  29. In Florida, they have what is known as the “10-20-Life Law” also known as “Use a gun, and you’re done”. Produce a firearm in the commission of a crime and that’s an automatic 10 years. Discharge that firearm and that will be 20 years. Shoot someone, regardless of whether they die or are wounded and that’s “25 to life”. Of course, if someone is killed, then in that jurisdiction you can be up for felony murder or first degree murder, which carries a slightly tougher penalty that involves a type of chamber. And there is a whole raft of laws/penalties attached to this law – it’s 15 years for possessing a semi-automatic rifle during while committing a crime (as opposed to 10).
    Assaults on police/elderly people (i.e. 65 and over) carry mandatory minimum terms of at least 3 years. Repeat sexual offenders like Scumbag Cowan as classified as “dangerous sexual felony offenders” and get MINIMUM 25 years for repeat offences (and this is when they have not killed the victim!). If Cowan did this in America’s Sunshine State, he wouldn’t possibly be getting out like in Australia’s Sunshine State – and he may very well face capital punishment.

    I am not advocating we become like America, but hey, something is clearly rotten in Australia with people like Bayley and Cowan doing what they want…

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    • As far as I know there are a number of inmTes in Australia who have never to be released stamped on their files
      The killers of Anita cobby and of Janine balding for example
      So why not in this case ? A 64 year old bitter twisted rock spider just released can sure do a lot of damage
      Cowan could be 64 and back in the streets
      May not jog many memories then

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  30. One thing that is in society’s favour – strong possibility that the children who are educated now in regards to the Morcombe’s awesome education program …………will be on the parole board in 20 years time…….mmmmwwwaaahhhaaaaaa

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  31. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/03/15/07/53/cowan-a-bash-on-sight-target-inmate-says
    Cowan a bash-on-sight target, inmate says
    7:53am March 15, 2014
    Brett Peter Cowan is a “bash on sight” target in prison because of what he did to Daniel Morcombe, a former inmate has said.

    Cowan taunted prisoners in solitary while he walked the corridors in Brisbane’s Arthur Gorrie Correctional centre while he was behind bars there.
    “He was a smart a—,” the inmate said.”He didn’t exactly keep to himself – cocky because no one else was allowed out of their cells.”

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  32. Scumbag Cowan is not exactly winning any popularity contests at his new accomodation at Wolston CC. He is clearly a marked man. His “cocky” attitude and taunting of other prisoners… well this man is clearly clueless. I doff my hat to the inmate population that refused to eat breakfast when they found out Cowan had a role in preparing it. To allow Cowan out of his cell, effectively means every other inmate in his wing has to locked in his cell, increasing the already massive level of antagonism against him. It’s simply too dangerous to allow him into general population, let alone mingle with other inmates on a very limited basis.

    The majority of prisoners in jails have pleaded guilty to the crimes they committed, thus saving the taxpayer significant expense and not putting their victims through the heartache of going through a court case… and are effectively paying back their debt to society. Scumbag Cowan did not.

    Many prisoners in Wolston CC are serving time for armed robbery. These people must feel ashamed to have Cowan in the same jail. Even the many rapists in Wolston – despicable as they are – must feel embarrassed to have to serve their time with Cowan.

    The majority of prisoners are not child sex offenders and/or child killers. These predators are a small minority.

    I am not defending convicted criminals in prisons – but the worse the crime, in terms of targeting vulnerable victims, puts Cowan at the bottom of the barrel.

    Hopefully most convicted prisoners can be part of the portion that re-enter society, don’t reoffend and go on to lead productive lives. Cowan doesn’t fall into this category. He will have to be put in seclusion for the entirety of his sentence… I can’t see any other way – he just won’t survive… He is a “bash/kill on sight” inmate… any inmates who mingle with him will be bashed (or killed). They will just have to put him in his own cell, a bit like Martin Bryant. Unless he wants to get into general population, and effectively commit suicide.

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  33. http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/q…-1226856070545

    “Peter Littlejohn was working with Cowan at a tree lopping business in Perth in 2010, where the murderer had fled after murdering Daniel Morcombe on the Queensland Sunshine Coast in 2003.

    Mr Littlejohn said that Cowan was a bully who picked on other employees including his brother-in-law, so one day he confronted him at the caravan park when he was living…..While Cowan may have been able to overpower little boys, when he picked on someone his own size, it was a different story, Mr Littlejohn said.“He was tall and weedy and basically he knew he was no match.”

    Cowan ran straight to the police after this guy assaulted him.
    The guy that hit him was ordered by a magistrate to pay Cowan $5000 for hitting him!!
    How about Cowan being made to pay money to his abuse victims?

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    • I was reading that today.Gee that bastard has had some lucky breaks (for him, not the community) along the way. I’m sure someone will come along and clear that fine for that lad who thumped him.

      Coward(my spelling) has left a trail of deceit and despair for all those who were unfortunate enough to have contact with him.

      How does a child born to this snake-belly get to have a normal life, or even worse, good mental health. Please give his kids new identities, they deserve one

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  34. Cowan was once the target of a revenge attack by the brothers of a 14-year-old girl he was accused of raping.

    The brothers tried to ambush the pedophile in Clayfield in 2008 by calling for a tow truck but the wrong driver showed up.

    The driver was beaten with a wrench until the men realised they had the wrong person. They told the young driver they had planned to kill Cowan.

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/q…-1226853796688

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  35. http://au.news.yahoo.com/sunday-night/features/article/-/22009332/catching-daniel-morcombes-killer/
    Sunday Night on 7: ‘To catch a killer: Catching Brett Cowan’
    Sunday March 16, 2014
    Reporters: Ross Coulthart

    Brett Cowan’s former girlfriend, Sarah, revealed Cowan ‘strangled her to the point of unconsciousness’ eight times; he made her ‘role play’ an abduction & rape which she tearfully said was chillingly similar to how he killed schoolboy Daniel Morcombe.

    Yeah …this program is an eye opener IMO. Deviant monster!

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  36. Here is the link to the treelopper in Perth who confronted Scumbag Cowan at his caravan park digs in 2010 (this was Sumbag cowan moved after killing D.Morcombe in 2003). Mr Littlejohn had had enough of Cowan bullying employees, including his own brother-in-law. Cowan called him a ‘dickhead’ during their verbal confrontation, which quickly escalated to blows. Scumbag Cowan was punched and decked and punched a bit more. Mr Littlejohn (despite his name) was no little 12 year old boy that predator-Cowan could cowardly overpower. Cowan reported the bashing to police and Mr Littlejohn was charged with assault. He copped a $7000 fine, of which $5000 was awarded to Cowan. And Mr Littlejohn is paying this off at $50 a month – into Cowan’s bank account – to this day! WTF?!?! Can we arrange to have Mr Littlejohn’s money returned to him ?!?! FFS the magistrates have allowed this monster to roam free with ridiculously lenient sentences (and in my opinion bear some culpability), yet the only man to physically challenge and stand up to Cowan copped a very steep fine… read the artlice… Mr Littlejohn looks and sounds like a hardworking, reasonable man… this will be a complete travesty if he doesn’t get his money back! While I don’t condone assaults, he stood up to a bully (who turned out to be a serial sexual deviant child killer). He has to pay Scumbag-child-killer-Cowan money every month, even now !! What a farce!!!!

    How about a campaign to have Mr Littlejohn’s $5000 he has to pay to Cowan returned ?

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/man-who-decked-convicted-child-killer-brett-peter-cowan-over-a-workplace-dispute-is-still-paying-compensation-to-the-serial-paedophile/story-fni0cx12-1226855740814

    I’ll get the link for the Clayfield ambush in 2008 (which Scumbag Cowan managed to avoid)

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  37. Cowan raped a girl and her brothers tried to mete out some of their own justice. Unfortunately they got the wrong guy. (Note – I don’t condone this sort of activity, but you can understand where the rage comes from when this man is just preying with no real consequences).

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/daniel-morcombe-trial-what-the-jury-wasnt-told-about-brett-cowan/story-fnihsrf2-1226853796688

    And how about Cowans email address which started with “6uldv8” – which reads as “sexual deviant”..

    The best place to hide is in plain sight – and Scumbag Cowan has been lurking in plain view for years… it would be almost unbelievable if it wasn’t true.

    …And to find that “church” on the sunshine coast sheltered Cowan, and facilitated his activites (i.e. not reporting his attempted rapes to police)… it makes my stomach churn…

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  38. http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/former-prison-inmate-reveals-daniel-morcombes-killer-brett-cowan-will-have-access-to-porn-and-drugs-in-lock-up/story-fnih
    Former prison inmate reveals Daniel Morcombe’s killer Brett Cowan will have access to porn and drugs in lock up
    PAUL WESTON GOLD COAST BULLETIN MARCH 18, 2014 12:01AM
    “Mistaken for what they term a ‘pram pusher’, within 24 hours of upon arrival at Wolston, which houses alongside the high-profile inmates some of Queensland’s most villainous sex offenders, I was offered a smorgasbord of some of the most sickening images one could imagine,” he said.

    ? ? ?

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  39. Id like to spread the word that $10, 000 AUD will be guaranteed to anyone who can get to this guy.II’l make sure it gets to the person inside prisons bank account or an account they nominate.

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  40. The Modern day Protection Australian, Victorian and other Australian States Prisons are a let down to all the victims!… Notorious JAIL Smart Crims go back into these Protection zoos with the last laugh on all of us. They all know that the modern Screws owe them a duty of care and a safe enviroment erom other prisoners who would love to get their hands on them and meet out their own poetic justice. What a pack of Wallys our powers at be in the justice system are. This Wallys World in Queensland Corrective services is a disgrace, as is also Corrections Victorias Corrella Village Of Damed, Rock Spiders protection Prison. I am ashamed that I was once a Prison Officer. These Do-Gooders of Justice I have nothing but contempt for., All they do is pamper to these beast Crims!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!………………………………………………………………………..

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  41. any sex crime in australia should have harsher penalties full stop. what did he get for the first crime….3 years? perhaps if penalties were 20 years they wouldn’t be happening so often. there is something seriously wrong with the parole department – both cowan and the jill meagher murderer both out on parole kill again. forget giving people who commit crimes a “right to life”….they lose/lost that chance when they committed their first ever crime.

    should be like a drivers licence system. you get 10 points in life. if you commit a crime, each crime has a point loss grade system, once you lose your points tata locked up for life. just an idea! ie rape murder and crime against children there’s 10 points instantly!

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  42. This case should be closed but its typical lawyers cashing in on a case thats null and void its the end of the road this c….t Cowen is going nowhere and everyone knows it so would the lawyers like to explain why the appeal was worth all the bullshit, must be the money. The only way out for Cowen is in a coffin. Ha does the prick really think he could walk the streets a free man without any repercussions if I had a window of opportunity Id take great pleasure in smashing this nothings skull in the list is endless my hands are pumping just thinking about what I could do to him but for my sake this will never be possible just a thought I wonder if there is anyone else out there thinking like me maybe they are all too afraid to express themselves in this do gooding society thats why this boy Daniel died because do gooders sympathised with the evil maggot and he did what he wanted because he had permission what a mess this countries in perverted fags everywhere and careless parents bad mix when 2 worlds collide at the opposite end of the spetrum tradgedy strikes.

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