Denise Morcombe's favourite photo of her son Daniel.
Denise Morcombe's favourite photo of her son Daniel.

Daniel Morcombe murder trial expected to last six weeks

BRETT Cowan, the man accused of abducting and murdering Sunshine Coast teen Daniel Morcombe,  could be on trial for six weeks.

Crown Prosecutor Glen Cash gave the first indication this morning of how long the high profile trial could run for.

He told the Supreme Court he expected "significant pre-trial issues" to be resolved prior to Brett Peter Cowan's trial.

Cowan is accused of abducting Daniel from the roadside at Woombye on December 7, 2003, before killing him and dumping his remains at the Glasshouse Mountains.

Mr Cash estimated Cowan's trial to take about six weeks.

A pre-trial hearing could take a week.

Cowan's barrister Tim Meehan confirmed he would not apply for a judge only trial "at this stage".

He asked for the case to be reviewed  to allow the defence and Crown to sort out which issues needed to be raised in a pre-trial hearing.

Justice Glen Martin indicated he may have five days available for the pre-trial hearing late this year but Mr Meehan was not "entirely confident" five days would see all the issues resolved.

The case was adjourned for mention on July 19.


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