Suspect named in Daniel Morcombe case

Earlier I wrote how they arrested a suspect for the murder of Daniel Morcombe, an Australian 13-year-old who’s been missing since 2003. Well, they finally named him: Brett Peter Cowan.

The Daily initially believed Cowan could not be named because he was charged with indecent treatment of a child under 16.

But a closer look at the legislation reveals that particular charge does not apply under Queensland’s reporting restrictions for all “prescribed sexual offences.”

“In Queensland there are laws that prevent the identification of a person charged with a limited number of sexual offences until they have been committed to trial,” the Daily’s lawyer said.

“This man has not been charged with these particular offences and therefore the prohibition doesn’t apply and he can be named.”