Jury hears Daniel Morcombe's parents kept his belongings
UPDATED, 3.14PM: DANIEL Morcombe's father has told Brisbane Supreme Court that he has never heard from his son "in any way, shape or form" since December 7, 2003.
Bruce Morcombe said the 13 year old had never run away from home and there was no evidence of any bags missing from his Palmwoods bedroom.
He said he and wife Denise had to sift through Daniel's clothes, in a process of elimination, to work out he had been wearing a red Billabong t-shirt, dark shorts and Globe shoes.
The jury was shown photos of Daniel wearing the red t-shirt at a Father's Day trip to Archerfield airfield in 2003 and the shorts while he was patting a kangaroo in June of that year.
Mr Morcombe told the court he provided police with various items after police found underpants, shoes and shorts at a search site at Kings Road at Glasshouse Mountains.
He said Daniel's possessions remained in plastic boxes since his disappearance.
Mr Morcombe said he provided three pairs of Daniel's underpants, worn school shoes as well as DNA samples for analysis.
Defence barrister Angus Edwards asked Mr Morcombe how often Daniel had caught the bus.
Mr Morcombe agreed with about 15 times and agreed with comments Daniel knew how to deal with strangers.
"He was a very shy boy," he said.
"He would never initiate a conversation (with a stranger)."
Daniel Morcombe murder defence points to Jackway
That was how defence barrister Angus Edwards dramatically opened the case for Brett Peter Cowan.
He then proceeded to tell the jury they should draw their attention to another person of interest in the Daniel Morcombe police investigation - Douglas Jackway.
Mr Edwards told the jury there was no dispute Mr Cowan had confessed his involvement in the abduction and murder.
But he told them people made fake confessions in high-profile crimes often and they must decide whether he was telling the truth when he confessed.
Mr Edwards also drew the jury's attention to what he anticipated would be one of the big questions - how did Cowan know where the bones and clothing would be?
"Is there some other explanation? That someone else abducted and killed Daniel Morcombe in a blue sedan and that Brett Cowan somehow came to know in the eight years following the abduction of the location?" he said, without providing an answer.
Mr Edwards said Jackway had been out of custody just one month when Daniel went missing and that Jackway had been in jail for eight years for abducting a boy for the side of the road with the intention of raping him.
He said Jackway was driving a blue car and was supposed to be on the Sunshine Coast on December 8, the day after Daniel disappeared, for a court appearance.
Mr Edwards said Jackway had arranged to drive to his sister's place on the Sunshine Coast and stay overnight on December 7, which would have led him down the Nambour Connection Road where Daniel was abducted, but he never showed up until the next morning.
He questioned where Jackway was for those hours between and questioned why he lied about his whereabouts and changed his story to police.
Mr Edwards said Mr Cowan was driving a white four-wheel-drive Pajero at the time and that police had not found any trace of Daniel after examining the car.
He said the jury should pay attention to the sketches witnesses made of men they saw near the overpass on December 7, suggesting some would look like Jackway.
Mr Edwards also asked the jury to pay attention to evidence Jackway changed his hair around the time of Daniel's disappearance and the injuries he had in days following.
"It might surprise you to hear that people have been known to falsely confess to high profile murders and this case is no different," he said.
"Several people have made false confessions, other areas have been searched off the back of false confessions.
"But it'll be a matter for you whether or not you think Brett Cowan had a motive to make a false confession to this crime.
"I ask that you to pay particular attention to his conversations with the undercover police officers, who he thought were part of a criminal gang - a national crime syndicate, from which he was about to make $100,000 in a big job coming up.
"But because he was being subpoenaed to give evidence at an inquest, that they told him unless they could make the whole thing go away, then he would be dropped like a hot potato.
"Not only that, you'll hear about his concerns that he speaks about, because Sandra Drummond could not recall whether he went to her house on the day of Daniel Morcombe's disappearance and he didn't have an alibi.
"You'll hear the undercover police officers say they can provide him an alibi.
"Then you'll hear, despite his repeated denials of involvement, the undercover police, the gang, made it clear unless they could sort this all out for him then he would be dropped out of gang.
That meant no $100,000 and no alibi. It's only after that that that he confessed."
Bruce and Denise Morcombe are expected to enter the witness box to give evidence after the lunch adjournment.