The committal hearing for the man accused of abducting and murdering Queensland teenager Daniel Morcombe almost 9 years ago has begun in Brisbane today. Brett Peter Cowan appeared before the Brisbane Magistrates Court charged with the 13 year old’s murder and five of other charges, including indecent treatment of a child.
The Court heard today that Brett Peter Cowan allegedly abducted Daniel Morcombe, taking him south to the Glasshouse Mountains. It is alleged that it is here that he unlawfully and indecently dealt with him, and then murdered him. Brett Cowan is also further charged with interfering with human remains on Christmas Day, nearly three weeks after the alleged crime took place.
It was also further revealed today that a dive squad found a pair of underpants, a belt, surf shorts and other fabric at the bottom of a creek on the search site. Police Inspector Arthur Van Panhuis, told the court the clothing was found in a different area to the earlier bone fragments that were located at the site.
Michael Bosscher, Brett Cowans lawyer told the court today that it didn’t seem any of the remains were near the site the police had indicated. He said “the remains seem to be following the progression north, going away from the primary search site. It’s another item that moves away from an explanation that the bones could have been removed naturally from that site.”
The committal hearing is expected to run for two weeks before Christmas and begin again next year.