Queensland to appeal Cowan’s inadequate sentence

QUEENSLAND plans to fight the ‘inadequate’ sentence handed to the killer of Sunshine Coast schoolboy Daniel Morcombe.

In Brisbane’s Supreme Court Last Friday, serial child sex offender Brett Peter Cowan was ordered to life behind bars with a non-parole period of 20 years.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie has today confirmed, he’s instructed the Director of Public Prosecutions to appeal the sentence.


The Attorney-General believes the non-parole period must be appealed because it is manifestly inadequate, is not in line with community expectations and does not set an adequate deterrent.

The decision follows discussions with the Director and Daniel’s parents, Bruce and Denise Morcombe.

13-year-old Daniel was lured by Cowan from a Sunshine Coast bus stop in December 2003.

An undercover Police sting led to the arrest of Cowan in 2011 after he took Detectives to the site where he had murdered Daniel and dumped his body.

Following his conviction on March 13, it was revealed, Cowan had been jailed twice before for extremely violent sex crimes against young boys.