Cowan set to appeal life sentence

THE man charged with the abduction and murder of Sunshine Coast schoolboy Daniel Morcombe is today expected to argue he did not have a fair trial.

Brett Peter Cowan was sentenced to life with no parole for 20 years in March, but his lawyers are expected to argue his case in the Court of Appeal in Brisbane today.

They will reportedly claim the jury should have never heard his confession to undercover police in an attempt to overturn his life sentence.


His conviction was partly due to a recorded confession he made before leading police masked as gangsters to the place he had buried Daniel.

Cowan’s lawyers are also expected to criticise the media cover of the trial.

Daniel was abducted in 2003 at age 13 while waiting for a bus on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.