Brett Peter Cowan was yesterday found guilty of the murder of Daniel Morcombe. Mr Cowan was also found guilty of indecently dealing with Daniel and interfering with his corpse.
The six men and six women of the jury took seven-and-a-half hours to return their unanimous verdict, which was announced shortly after 1 pm on Thursday.
Justice Atkinson thanked the jury for their careful attention throughout the trial, describing them as a ‘truly magnificent jury’ prior to excusing them.
The four-and-a-half week trial involved 116 witnesses, including police officers, experts and SES personnel.
The court yesterday heard submissions from the prosecution and defence as to sentencing, as well as victim impact statements from the Morcombe family.
Justice Atkinson is scheduled to sentence Mr Cowan today.