Defence says Daniel Morcombe murder confession a fake

THE intimate details of how covert police officers created the illusion of a powerful organised crime gang to secure a "complete confession" from Daniel Morcombe's accused murderer will be unravelled over the next six weeks.

But details began trickling out as the Crown opened its case in Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday, revealing for the first time the careful planning police undertook to catch Brett Peter Cowan.

Crown prosecutor Michael Byrne said a team of covert officers carefully constructed 24 scenarios to convince Mr Cowan that his new friends were deeply entrenched in criminal activity.

Morcombe accused wanted to have "fun" with Daniel

Some scenarios enabled him to observe apparent criminal activity while others allowed him to get involved.

Every scenario reinforced how important "loyalty, respect and honesty" were to the gang.

"The overall object was that he believed he had to demonstrate his trustworthiness for the gang particularly in light of a big job that was coming up," Mr Byrne said.

Cowan knew if he could prove his mettle then he could be part of a "big job" that could net him $100,000.

Jury hears Daniel Morcombe's parents kept his belongings

Mr Byrne told the jury the confession came during a meeting with the "big boss" at a hotel in Perth.

"You will see (Mr Cowan) say - 'yeah ok no yeah I did it'," he said.

"I never got to molest him… he panicked, I panicked, I grabbed him around the throat and just before I knew it he was dead."

Mr Byrne said Mr Cowan took his new found friends to the Glasshouse Mountains to show them where he dumped the body.

Defence barrister Angus Edwards said the confession was fake, that Mr Cowan had a $100,000 windfall at stake and believed he could secure an alibi if he admitted he did it.

Mr Edwards said people made fake confessions in high-profile crimes often, pointed to another person of interest in the police case and suggested there were other ways Mr Cowan could have known where Daniel's remains were.

He asked the jury to pay attention to evidence relating to Douglas Jackway - who had been released from jail a month prior to Daniel's disappearance after serving eight years for snatching a young boy to rape him.

Jury instructed on murder conviction for Morcombe trial

Mr Edwards said Jackway had a blue car, which many witnesses would say they saw near Daniel about the time he disappeared, and he was supposed to be on the Sunshine Coast that day.

He said his client made repeated denials about his involvement until he realised he "would be dropped out of gang".

"That meant no $100,000 and no alibi. It's only after that that that he confessed," he said.

Topics:  brett peter cowan daniel morcombe editors picks murder trial

Jog for Jugs this October

Sarah from Jog for Jugs at Coolangatta Beach.

Help support breast cancer research.

Hare Krishna School proves LNAP success

TOP GRADES: A student from the Hare Krishna School takes her time doing her English school work.

Students at the Hare Krishna School are above national average.

Local Partners

Family's new arrival in face of tragedy

MEL Small had already gone into labour when she learned of the tragic fate of her sister Jodie Spears.

Barry Gibb is coming to Bluesfest 2017

FANS: Barry Gibb talks to a fan next to a cardboard cutout of his young self.

Aged 70, Gibb has re-launched his solo music career with a new album

Declan Kelly and the Rising Sun to shine bright at festival

Declan Kelly & The Rising Sun is one of the headlining acts at this year's festival.

Main stage set to pump with radiant reggae and dub vibes

Expert's talk on Olley's life is not to be missed

THE ARTIST: Artist Margaret Olley at the Tweed Regional Art Gallery in 2006.

RARE insight into the life of one of most cherished hoarders

REVIEW: Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead disgusted me

I'm disgusted by The Walking Dead premiere.

SPOILERS: The Walking Dead premiere disgusted me.

Flick teases intense and entertaining Survivor grand final

Felicity 'Flick' Eggington in a scene from the TV series Australian Survivor.

GOLD Coaster's elimination leaves Lee, El and Kristie in final three

Priscilla concerned people will forget about Elvis

Priscilla Presley source Bang

She says she feels responsible to keep his legacy going

Taylor Swift files lawsuit over alleged groping

Taylor Swift source Bang

Swift has commenced legal action against a DJ over the incident

Kanye West threatens to boycott Grammys

West says he won't go to the Grammys if Frank Ocean's not nominated

Why this actress wasn't embarrassed by nude photo leak

Leslie Jones source Bang

'If you wanna see Leslie Jones naked, just ask,' she said

How Government will fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fonzie flats and smaller block sizes part of long-term plan.

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.