Daniel inquest to call six POIs
SIX “persons of interest” will be called to give evidence when an inquest into the disappearance of Queensland teenager Daniel Morcombe resumes next month.
State Coroner Michael Barnes made his ruling this week to allow lawyers to publicly question people who have been investigated in relation to Daniel’s suspected abduction as he waited for a bus at Woombye in December, 2003.
In doing so, he rejected a submission last week in the Maroochydore Coroners Court by lawyers representing the Queensland Police Service.
Service counsel argued there would be no forensic benefit in calling those already spoken to by police.
“In my experience, the forensic process whereby a number of competent counsel contemporaneously engage with the issues and the witnesses almost always results in new evidence coming to light,” Mr Barnes said.
Several associates of the persons of interest (POI) will also be called. The inquest, which has so far run for two weeks, was set down at the request of Daniel’s parents, Bruce and Denise Morcombe.
Detectives have already given evidence about how the POIs came to their attention, and the lengthy investigation into their potential involvement in the 13-year-old’s disappearance.
The POIs to be called include a convicted killer and several others with child sex offences.
The inquest will resume in Maroochydore on December 6, when further police and witnesses will give evidence.
Evidence from the POIs will be heard in Brisbane.