The man charged with the murder of Queensland schoolboy Daniel Morcombe has chosen not to produce evidence or testify at this jury trial.
The man on trial for murdering Queensland schoolboy Daniel Morcombe has chosen not to testify, after the prosecution finished calling witnesses.
Brett Peter Cowan’s defence lawyer, Angus Edwards, spoke on his behalf when Justice Roslyn Atkinson asked if he wanted to testify, call witnesses or produce evidence.
“Mr Cowan will neither give nor call evidence,” Mr Edwards told the Supreme Court in Brisbane.
After four weeks of evidence, the jury has been discharged until Monday, when the prosecution and defence will start summing up their cases.
The six men, six women and three reserve jurors are deciding if Cowan, 44, coaxed Daniel from a Sunshine Coast bus stop on December 7, 2003, before taking him to an abandoned house and snapping his neck when he resisted his sexual advances.
The jury trial has been told how undercover police, posing as members of a national criminal gang, tricked Cowan into revealing where he disposed of Daniel’s body, which led to the recovery of the boy’s bones and shoes in August 2011.
But Mr Edwards has argued the confession was false, and Cowan made it in the hope of making $100,000 as part of a “big job” the fake criminal gang was planning.
The prosecution’s last witness, Detective Senior Sergeant Stephen Blanchfield, told the court on Thursday about Cowan’s arrest in the Glass House Mountains, on August 13, 2011 at the site he had told undercover officers about.
Det Sgt Blanchfield, who led the murder investigation, described how Cowan leaned against a wall as he smoked in the basement car park of Brisbane police headquarters, after being transported from the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
“He leaned against it with his back and raised his left leg up so that his foot was against the wall so his leg made an L-shape, I suppose,” Det Sgt Blanchfield said on Thursday.
Previous witnesses told the jury of seeing a man standing against a wall in a similar way under the Kiel Mountain Road underpass at Woombye in December 2003, next to a boy wearing a red T-shirt.
Cowan’s ex-wife, Tracey Moncrieff, had told the jury about Cowan’s habit of standing on one foot with the other resting against a wall.
On Thursday, an undercover police officer posing as a criminal, going by the name Paul Fitzsimmons, told the court he and another undercover officer, “Ian”, were handcuffed in the Glass House Mountains along with Cowan as a pretence.
“We got out of the car. The detectives came from the bush and behind wood piles, came out and arrested Mr Cowan and arrested Ian and I,” he said.
Cowan has pleaded not guilty to murder, indecent dealing with a child under 16 and improperly dealing with a corpse.
On Thursday, Justice Atkinson asked jurors to keep Friday next week free, even though the trial hadn’t been sitting on Fridays, in the event they needed more time to consider their verdict.
The trial has heard from 116 witnesses and resumes on Monday.