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Fresh claims Cowan shown where Daniel's bones buried

A 2003 police photo of Douglas Brian Jackway, as tendered to the Supreme Court during the trial of Brett Peter Cowan.
A 2003 police photo of Douglas Brian Jackway, as tendered to the Supreme Court during the trial of Brett Peter Cowan.

A FORMER prisoner with a multiple personality disorder has denied showing Brett Peter Cowan where Daniel Morcombe's bones could be found at the Glasshouse Mountains.

Leslie McLean said he was jailed on April 7, 1997, for aiding a suicide and believed he knew Douglas Jackway, whose photo was shown to Brisbane Supreme Court, during his time inside.

He said he also knew Mr Cowan who would sometimes visit him at his parents home at Stafford Heights in Brisbane or he would visit Mr Cowan at Bli Bli where he was living with his auntie.

McLean said he would go to church with Mr Cowan and stay with him at Beerwah once he married his wife Tracey.

Defence barrister Angus Edwards: There were occasions where you and he went to a sand mining site in the Sunshine Coast hinterland?

McLean: I don't remember any sand mining site.

Mr Edwards: I suggest you did go to a demountable building near the Glasshouse Mountains?

McLean: I don't remember going to what you call a demountable building.

Mr Edwards: It was at an old sand mining site and I suggest he told you he used to work there, sand mining, he was sandblasting, that ring any bells?

McLean: I remember him working for a place that made windmills.

Mr Edwards: You don't recall sandblasting?

McLean: No. I don't believe I had been to there.

Mr Edwards: I suggest to you that when Mr Cowan was living in Western Australia he would contact you and you and he would have regular telephone contact?

McLean: I wouldn't say regular he called me a couple of times.

Mr Edwards: He spoke to you when he was associating with people named Paul and Geoff, he talked to you about being part of this gang?

McLean: I don't remember being part of any gang.

McLean told the court he remembered Mr Cowan coming to his parents place after September 14, 2006, and saying he had been interviewed in relation to Daniel's disappearance.

He denied he told Mr Cowan "something about the disappearance of Daniel Morcombe".

After an objection from the Crown, Justice Ros Atkinson gave Mr Edwards some leeway for further questioning.

"I've been instructed to put certain things," Mr Edwards said.

"In fairness to the witness he says he sometimes has difficulties with his memory."

McLean replied: "Not with that one".

Mr Edwards: I suggest to you that you told him someone else had told you where Daniel Morcombe's bones could be located?

McLean: Never.

Mr Edwards: I suggest to you that you told him that it was near this demountable building at  the sand mining site?

McLean: Never.

Mr Edwards: I suggest you went into some detail and told him it was down the gully near the sandmining site and described to him where you'd been told the bones were?

McLean: Never.

Mr Edwards: I suggest you told him that you had been told by someone you didn't reveal who it was that they abducted Daniel Morcombe on his way to Sunshine Plaza to get a haircut?

McLean: Never.

Mr Edwards: I suggest you told him the clothes had been disposed of by throwing them into a bridge with running water?

McLean: Never.

Mr Edwards: You asked him what he was going to do with the information?

McLean: Never.

Mr Edwards: I suggest you told him that he shouldn't tell anyone what you'd told him because you were scared of being beaten up?

McLean: Never.

Mr Edwards questioned McLean about his knowledge of Jackway who was nicknamed rat.

McLean said he thought he knew Jackway in jail and had seen him once since.

Mr Edwards: I'm going to suggest to you that the one time since jail you saw this person you recall was when you were using heroin with him?

McLean: I was in the same room when he used heroin.

Mr Edwards also questioned McLean about his multiple personality disorder.

Mr Edwards: Sometimes you're one person and another time you're another person?

McLean: Yes.

Mr Edwards: Sometimes you can't remember what the other person has done or said?

McLean: Yes.

Mr Edwards: Sometimes one of your other personalities can have a conversation which you no longer remember later?

McLean: Yes

Mr Edwards: The reason you know that is because other people have told you about conversations you've had?

McLean: Yes

 

Police had 33 persons of interest in Daniel Morcombe case

A SUNSHINE Coast detective told Brisbane Supreme Court police had compiled reports on 33 persons of interest in relation to the Daniel Morcombe case.

Senior Constable Ross Hutton agreed there were hundreds of people questioned during the investigation but those were the most "prevalent".

He said everyone but Brett Peter Cowan now had been excluded from the police investigation.

Crown prosecutor Glen Cash asked Snr Const Hutton why that was.

"There's no supporting evidence to indicate any involvement," he said.

Defence barrister Angus Edwards objected to the question and Justice Ros Atkinson directed the jury to ignore that question and answer.

Snr Const Hutton said he compiled all the job logs, recordings, interviews, transcripts, statements and other investigations into Douglas Brian Jackway.

Douglas Brian Jackway. Photo: Channel 7 FILE
Douglas Brian Jackway. Photo: Channel 7 FILE Channel Seven's Sunday Night

Jackway denied any involvement in the Morcombe case when he testified on Tuesday.

Mr Cowan's defence team asked questions about multiple inconsistencies in the versions he gave police about his whereabouts on December 7, 2003, when Daniel went missing.

Jackway told the court he could not recall what he had told police in response to many questions.

Snr Const Hutton said Jackway initially told police in December that he was drinking with a friend, another child sex offender, at Ipswich all afternoon.

Jackway told the court on Tuesday that he spent the afternoon in a Goodna park.

Police conducted surveillance of Jackway between January 2 to 8, 2004, and got hold of his phone and bank records.

A photograph of the blue Commodore owned by Douglas Jackway at the time Daniel Morcombe disappeared in 2003.
A photograph of the blue Commodore owned by Douglas Jackway at the time Daniel Morcombe disappeared in 2003.

Photos of Jackway driving his 1980 blue Holden Commodore during those dates were shown to the court.

Snr Cost Hutton said the "blue car room" set up during the Morcombe investigation was his suggestion and he was involved in selecting he 37 blue cars to display around the room to help witnesses.

But he said he was not involved in preparing the room itself.

Many witnesses have told the court they saw a blue car near the site were Daniel was abducted under the Kiel Mountain overpass.

Douglas Brian Jackway pictured in his blue Commodore. COURT SUPPLIED
Douglas Brian Jackway pictured in his blue Commodore. COURT SUPPLIED

He said there was a three-day search in bushland at Glasshouse Mountains after information police received from Davy but nothing was ever found.

Similarly, he said nothing was found during a search near the Pinkenba boat ramp in Brisbane.

Snr Const Hutton also was asked about the day Mr Cowan was arrested in August, 2011, and whether someone named Leslie McLean had rung to speak to Mr Cowan.

He said Mr McLean had rung more than once and sent an SMS but he believed Mr Cowan would have been denied access to that person.

Topics:  brett peter cowan daniel morcombe douglas brian jackway investigation murder trial police


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