POI talked out of giving evidence

At the inquest today Denise and Bruce Morcombe will hear about evidence examined by police.
At the inquest today Denise and Bruce Morcombe will hear about evidence examined by police. Nicholas Falconer

A FEMALE person of interest in the investigation into Daniel Morcombe's disappearance has been talked out of giving evidence this morning in the coronial inquest.

The court was told the woman, known as P28, had been talked out of giving evidence by her current partner.

P28 was staying in a motel close to where Daniel was abducted on the weekend the teenager disappeared.

She had been summonsed to give evidence in the inquest and was to appear via video link from Victoria.

Counsel assisting the coroner, Peter Johns, said P28 had previously indicated she would give evidence but recently could not be contacted.

State Coroner Michael Barnes will decide later today if an arrest warrant should be issued for P28.

A man who was married to P28 in December 2003 gave evidence this morning in the inquest.

The court heard that P28’s husband, who was part of a large drug scene at the time, knew several persons of interest.

Inquest to hear from expert

A FORENSIC expert will tell the Daniel Morcombe inquest today about fingerprints, searches and a footprint examined by police who investigated the teenager's disappearance.

The expert forensic officer will be one of a number of police to give evidence this week as State Coroner Michael Barnes scrutinises the seven-year investigation into the disappearance of the Sunshine Coast teenager.

Daniel's father Bruce Morcombe said evidence this week would be an insight into any gaps police could have had in their investigation.

The forensic expert and a senior police officer will speak about an overall evaluation of the investigation, as opposed to questions put to individual officers at the start of the inquest about their roles in the immediate response to Daniel's disappearance.

The inquest was delayed yesterday after a witness was arrested in Brisbane.

The arrested woman, an associate of a person of interest in the police investigation, is expected to be scheduled to give evidence sometime today.

The forensic officer is expected to take the witness stand this afternoon.

He will talk about why fingerprints were not taken from a certain property and establish for the coroner why certain places could or could not be searched.

After several weeks of hearing evidence from persons of interest and their associates, Mr Morcombe said there were a lot of lies to sift through.

“I am reasonably confident that the new material will draw a genuine focus on somebody and you know we'll nail them in the next time period,” he said.

“These are only small steps but it is all good progress.”

When asked what he thought of the prime suspects who had given evidence, Mr Morcombe said it took time to form an opinion about whether any person was involved.

“We're doing our best, as Daniel's parents, to try and listen to all of the evidence,” Mr Morcombe said.

He said P1 and P2 were “still in the mix”. Mr Morcombe said any links between persons of interest would be “quite striking and of importance”.

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