Daniel Morcombe's story touched people around Australia.
Daniel Morcombe's story touched people around Australia.

Morcombe lawyer pushes for 'Daniel's Law' to save children

MORCOMBE family lawyer Peter Boyce has backed a call for a public sex offenders' register and said the required change in law should be called "Daniel's law".

Mr Boyce, who has been the solicitor for the Morcombe family for the past decade, said the inquest into the death of the Sunshine Coast teenager "changed" his views on people.

He supported Denise Morcombe's call for a public sex offenders' register, but said there had to be limitations in place.

"Offenders such as Cowan, those really serious offenders, need to be identified," Mr Boyce said.

He said most people would think it "reasonable and fair" that anyone who commits a crime against a child should go on the register.

And he said if the law was changed, it should be called "Daniel's Law".

The Daniel Morcombe inquest in 2011 fundamentally changed Mr Boyce's views on criminals and their capacity for rehabilitation.

He is now a supporter of an "indefinite sentence", which has kept criminals like Doug

las Brian Jackway behind bars after being deemed too dangerous to be released into society.

"Before the Morcombe inquest, I would have said as a lawyer you can't do that," Mr Boyce said.

"But having seen the calibre of people (identified as persons of interest in the inquest) I have a different view.

"I would have fought tooth and nail against an indefinite sentence. But I now believe some people don't want to be part of our society.

"A lot of them, when you look at their history, they have been given lots of chances. There is nothing more you can do for them.

"Some people don't want to live in our society and if they don't - we have to ask when is enough enough?"

Mr Boyce was confident the State Government would introduce changes to allow for the register and also for harsher sentences on sex offenders.

"We need to find a balance with the laws though. But cases like this, where those people aren't deserving of protection of anonymity. They are at another level of offending.

"I have done many years of law and acted for lots of people, but they (the persons of interest) were by far the worst as a collective group.

"They opened your eyes to another level of offending.

"Collectively, they are one of the biggest disappointments in life, when you realise the quality of some people running around on our streets."

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