THE trial of the man accused of killing Daniel Morcombe will enter its third day in the Supreme Court in Brisbane today.
Daniel’s parents, Bruce and Denise Morcombe were first to give evidence during Tuesday’s proceedings, recalling their last moments with their 13-year-old son before he was taken in 2003.
Despite previously confessing to the crimes in a secretly recorded conversation with undercover police, Brett Peter Cowan, 44, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, indecent treatment of a child and interfering with a corpse, despite earlier confessing to undercover police.
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On Tuesday, the court heard Daniel was almost certainly murdered within an hour of his alleged abduction from a Sunshine Coast bus stop.
The prosecution claimed Cowan admitted in the recorded conversation to offering the 13-year-old a lift with plans to molest him.
The recordings allegedly captured Cowan explaining he strangled Daniel to death after trying to molest him, telling officers the 13-year-old boy ‘panicked’ and ‘refused to play the game’.
Justice Roslyn Atkinson officially opened the trial on Monday afternoon after the delicate selection of twelve impartial jurors, six men and six women, and three reserves, two men and one woman, who together will decide Cowan’s fate.
Up to 158 witnesses are expected to give evidence.
Daniel’s remains, seventeen partial bones and a pair of shoes, were found in dense bushland at the Glass House Mountains in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland eight days after Cowan’s arrest on August 13, 2011.
His funeral, held at Siena Catholic College on 7 December 2012, was attended by more than 2000 people.
The trial is expected to last six weeks.