August 16, 2011 6:11PM
A SUPPRESSION order prohibiting naming Daniel Morcombe’s accused killer has been lifted.
State Coroner Michael Barnes this evening lifted the order that he made in December last year.
The decision means media organisations can publish the name of 41-year-old Perth man, Brett Peter Cowan, who was on Saturday charged with the murder of Daniel Morcombe, almost eight years after the 13-year-old went missing.
The move was supported by Daniel’s parents, Bruce and Denise, who hope the release of his name may result in more witnesses coming forward.
“Because of the very fact that he lived in the area, and he was reasonably well known on the Sunshine Coast, my clients are hopeful that it might lead to other witnesses coming forward once his identity is disclosed,” said lawyer Peter Boyce, who is representing the Morcombes.
Police and emergency services crews are scouring bushland on the Sunshine Coast where they believe his body may have been dumped.
Mr Cowan’s lawyer, Tim Meehan, neither opposed nor supported the application by media organisations to have the suppression order lifted.
However, he reminded the public to respect his client’s rights during the lengthy judicial process.
“We ask you to be aware of the fact that (Cowan) is presumed innocent,” he said.
Mr Cowan briefly appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court for the first time yesterday.
Mr Meehan indicated his client would fight the charges and said he would apply for bail in the Supreme Court in Brisbane at a later date.
Brett Peter Cowan
t is the 20th letter of the alphabet
So the number 20 rules his ages thirty-six to forty-five.
20 = Court. Accusations. Charges. Plea. Bail. Jury. Trial. Deliberations. Verdict. Sentencing. Judges. Adjudicate.
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