Morcombe trial to begin Monday

THE trial of the man accused of murdering 13-year-old Queensland schoolboy Daniel Morcombe is set to start tomorrow.

The Sunshine Coast teen disappeared while waiting for a bus at Woombye on the Sunshine Coast in December 2003.

On 13 August 2011, Brett Peter Cowan, now aged 44, was arrested and charged with Daniel’s murder.


He was also charged with deprivation of liberty, child stealing, indecent treatment of a child under 16, and interfering with a corpse.

Daniel’s remains were found in dense bushland at the Glass House Mountains in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland eight days after Cowan’s arrest.

His funeral, held at Siena Catholic College on 7 December 2012, was attended by more than 2000 people.

The trial – to be held in the Supreme Court in Brisbane – is expected to last six weeks with up to 200 witnesses, including Daniel’s parents Bruce and Denise Morcombe, likely to give evidence.