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.


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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.

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