News State Queensland Closing submissions begin in Morcombe case
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Closing submissions begin in Morcombe case

The parents of Daniel Morcombe, Bruce and Denise Morcombe
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The trial of the man accused of murdering Queensland schoolboy Daniel Morcombe is expected to draw to a close this week.

Jurors will on Monday begin hearing closing submissions in the trial of Brett Peter Cowan, who is accused of abducting and murdering the 13-year-old in December 2003.

Prosecutors have told the trial that Cowan took Daniel from a busy roadside as the boy waited for a bus in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Jurors have been played a secretly recorded conversation in which Cowan admits taking the boy and snapping his neck during a bid to molest him at an isolated property.

Cowan has pleaded not guilty to murder, indecent treatment of a child and interfering with a corpse.

His defence team has argued that Cowan made a false confession to undercover police, who were masquerading as members of a criminal gang.

Jurors have been told Cowan made the false confession in the hope of making $100,000 as part of a “big job” the fake criminal gang was planning.

The trial, which has already spanned four weeks, resumes at 10am (AEST) in the Supreme Court in Brisbane.