Daniel Morcombe.
Daniel Morcombe. Contributed

Morcombes ask 'don't we count?' after news of latest appeal

DENISE Morcombe has expressed her dismay after the news of another appeal by the man convicted of killing her son this afternoon, but it's not the appeal that has raised her ire. 

What's upsetting is how she and her family found out about it from the media. 

Mrs Morcombe took to Twitter this afternoon to ask why the family was not told before the news was made public.

She says she is 'not surprised' at the fact Brett Peter Cowan has lodged a special leave application to appeal is convictions in the High Court of Australia. 

"Only found this out on the TV news. Why is the family of Daniel not advised? Don't we count?" she tweeted.


Brett Peter Cowan will argue the confession he made to undercover police officers in an elaborate sting was inadmissible.


Mr Cowan's legal team - who lodged the application with the high court registry today - will suggest the confession, and any evidence derived from the confession, should have been excluded from the trial.

They will also argue the trial judge failed to properly direct the jury over evidence from Douglas Jackway and Leslie McLean.


The defence case at trial suggested Jackway was the real killer and Cowan learned the details of Daniel's burial location through McLean sharing Jackway's inside knowledge.

Daniel Morcombe was abducted while waiting for a bus on the Sunshine Coast on December 7, 2003.


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