Cowan to face trial over Daniel Morcombe's murder
DENISE Morcombe says while she is somewhat relieved Brett Peter Cowan will stand trial for her son's murder, it will never bring Daniel back.
Speaking to reporters outside court, Bruce Morcombe said it was a huge step in the right direction and praised police efforts in Queensland and Western Australia.
"The lengths the police have gone to since the coronial inquest have been extraordinary," he said.
"The word 'thanks' is not enough."
Mr Morcombe said they were glad the information presented at the committal hearing had come forward.
"I think the evidence we heard on Tuesday particularly graphic and it made the crime that much more real I suppose," he said.
"Obviously we've had Daniel's remains released and a funeral and unfortunately we were at the cemetery and watched the coffin lowered into the grave. I mean, nothing is more real than that.
"The mind has played with the unknown for nine years.
"It was only on Tuesday that we knew what was suggested."
Mr Morcombe said they intended to sit through "every possible moment" in Cowan's trial.
EARLIER: Daniel Morcombe's accused murderer has been committed to stand trial in Queensland's Supreme Court.
When asked if he wanted to say anything to the formal charges or enter a plea, Brett Peter Cowan simply said "no sir".
He will face the higher court accused of child stealing, deprivation of liberty, indecently dealing with a child, murder and interfering with a corpse.
Cowan did not apply for bail at the end of proceedings in Brisbane Magistrates Court.
Chief magistrate Brendan Butler said he did not have decide on Cowan's guilt.
He said he had to take the Crown's case against Cowan at its highest and determine whether a jury could deliver a guilty verdict.
Mr Butler said the jury must decide whether the alleged confession Cowan abducted, assaulted and killed Daniel was "true and reliable".
But he determined there was "sufficient evidence" to send him to trial.
Cowan will face a trial on a date to be fixed.
Cowan's lawyer Michael Bosscher said he could concede there was a prima facie case but could not consent to it being sent to trial.
Outside court, Mr Bosscher said he would discuss with his client whether they would make an alibi claim within the 14 days allocated.
More to come.