Fresh evidence puts P7 alibi in doubt
THE alibi for a man accused of abducting Daniel Morcombe appears to have been blown by new evidence heard this morning.
The suspect, known as P7, told the inquest into Daniel’s disappearance that he showed his drug dealer’s partner a plant mulcher he had just picked up on the day the 13-year-old went missing.
However this morning the man who would have been an alibi said he did not remember P7 ever showing him a mulcher in the back of his car.
The man said he was “mechanically minded” and believed he would still know the type of motor that ran the mulcher if he had been shown it by P7.
P7, who has a criminal history of abducting and molesting young boys, told police he drove on Nambour Connection Road at the time Daniel disappearaed.
When he was first interviewed P7 could not explain a 35-minute gap in his movements on the afternoon of December 7, 2003.
In 2006 he told police for the first time that he had bought marijuana from his dealer at Beerwah.
P7 was last week accused of abducting, assaulting and killing Daniel.
The court heard that P7 was one of a few people in Australia who had the ability or inclination to commit such an offence.
P7 denied he had any role in Daniel’s disappearance, but his innocence was pinned on an alibi from his drug dealer and her partner.
The inquest continues.
No DNA link to Daniel Morcombe ever found
DANIEL Morcombe’s DNA was taken from his toothbrush in the hope that police could link it to the teenager’s abductor.
The forensic investigation into Daniel’s disappearance is the largest in Queensland history, twice as big as any other.
It involved a fingerprint expert sweeping Daniel’s room to eventually develop a full set of prints for the 13-year-old.
Despite the mammoth investigation, no trace of Daniel or any link to him has ever been found.
The inquest into Daniel’s abduction heard yesterday that every piece of forensic evidence looked at by police had been seized and preserved, including “plant material” from a prime suspect’s car boot.
Police said that if Daniel’s burial site was ever found they had the ability to examine the scene and compare it to evidence seized in the past.
Senior Sergeant Michael Buckley told the inquest there was no sign of “violence or an altercation” at the place where Daniel was last seen alive.
He said there also appeared to be no attempt to clean up the scene when it was first examined by police on December 8, 2003.
The area under the Kiel Mountain Road overpass on Nambour Connection Road was never roped off as a crime scene.
Police found several “items of interest” when they searched the area, including three tyre impressions and five partial shoe impressions. Three of the shoe impressions were believed to be prints from Daniel.
The other two shoe impressions are believed to have been left by a Colorado boot.
Snr Sgt Buckley said forensic police had never been given any shoes from persons of interest to test.
The tyre impressions have never been matched to any vehicle investigated by police and officers have not been able to accurately identify what type of tyre the tracks belonged to.
Six years after Daniel disappeared police loaded the teenager’s fingerprints on to a national database, a rare practice which automatically matches his prints to thousands collected by police during other investigations.
The court was told forensic police never examined both sides of Nambour Connection Road despite evidence that Daniel was seen on both sides of the road.