Daniel Morcombe murder trial jury told to ignore note
A JURY has been directed to ignore a note at the site Daniel Morcombe was abducted where a stranger gave his opinion about Brett Peter Cowan's guilt.
Justice Ros Atkinson issued the direction and then sent the jury away again so she could have legal argument with the Crown and defence teams in the trial.
"While you were at the scene under the overpass, you saw, as I warned you would, memorials to Daniel Morcombe and no doubt you would have found that very moving," she said.
"Remember you task on the trial is to be objective and have regard to only to the evidence led in court.
"What you saw at the various locations, including what you saw under the overpass, was not evidence but merely so you could see locations and understand better the evidence given in court.
"After you left the overpass, my attention was drawn to a note left by a stranger giving his opinion as to the defendant's guilt.
"That should not have been there. It is not evidence. I tell you in the strongest possible terms to ignore it, to dismiss it from your consideration.
"Have regard only to the evidence and only the evidence called at the trial.
"You should not be influenced by the opinions of anyone else whether friends, families, strangers, media, anyone else at all.
"It is your assessment of the evidence… you are the sole objective judges of the facts."