Bruce Morcombe's powerful statement to killer Brett Cowan
BRUCE Morcombe's victim impact statement to Brett Peter Cowan after he was convicted of murdering Daniel.
TEN years ago, you made a choice that ripped our family apart.
Your decision to pull over and abduct Daniel for your own evil pleasure ultimately caused a level of personal pain to each of us that has made it hard to go on.
Over the years, we have made a pledge to the media with determined self-control on the outside while on many occasions, particularly in the first few months, I was physically ill each morning with the unbearable images of what may have happened to my son Daniel.
Even today, I'm haunted by thoughts of how long he was actually held captive and what unspeakable things you did to him in those sheds at the end of Kings Road at Beerwah.
Why was he really dumped without clothes?
Why was his belt loose and not still looped through his pants?
It makes me nauseous thinking about your total lack of respect for a child's life, listening to you describe, and watching a smirk grow on your face, how you threw Daniel's lifeless body down an embankment and a week later you returned and crushed his skull with a shovel; "chop, chop, chop, chop, chop", you coldly explained in an emotionless, matter-of-fact way.
We now have to live out our days with the unimaginable images of wild dogs devouring our much-loved son's remains.
Daniel did not deserve that.
He was a great kid and would not hurt a fly.
You have robbed him of 70 years of life.
Our family's sleepless first night without Daniel on the 7th of December, 2003, haunts me even today.
That feeling of helplessness and unimaginable pain never leaves you.
The next day I recall picking up Dean after work on the afternoon on Monday the 8th of December.
He asked me, "Have they found Daniel?"
These are four small words that torture me even today, because I had to answer, "No".
I listen to Denise's broken sleep, punctuated by frequent nightmares, and look into the face of my younger twin boy who has lost his soulmate, are all the images often relived, which have had a profound effect on how I function.
Nothing about my life today resembles how we enjoyed life as a family before that day.
Our friends from 2003 are different because we are no longer the same people.
We can be short-tempered and have a streak of bitterness and carry anger caused by your deliberate, selfish actions.
We were forced to move away from our unique garden paradise and the much-loved family home.
We were running a successful small business and were forced to sell it.
We could not return to regular employment because we were constantly distracted with disturbing thoughts.
We were forced to sell all our hard-earned investments just to survive.
But survive we did, because you made one monumental mistake that day.
You picked on the wrong family.
Our collective determination to find Daniel and expose a child killer was always going to win.
Perhaps the greatest impact that your heinous crime has had on me has been witness to the impact it has had on the other people that I love.
You have caused immeasurable mental stress and anxiety to not only me but Daniel's mother Denise, Daniel's brother Dean, and Daniel's twin Bradley.
I also witnessed the impact your cold, calculating actions have caused to extended family members. Daniel's grandparents have had years of healthy living trimmed off their life. Daniel's uncles and aunts and cousins, plus mates at school, have all been seriously impacted by what you did.
I often wonder about the other victims, who you have left in your wake. That too causes me moments of great sadness.
Your own children are of course victims of your crimes and I wonder about them.
In a strange twist of fate the Daniel Morcombe Foundation was established to educate children about personal safety and also to assist young victims of crime.
I have sat watching you in the same court for close to 40 days covering the coronial inquest, the committal hearing, the pre-trial hearing and your trial.
Throughout that time, you have been completely devoid of any remorse for what you did to Daniel.
Your deliberate actions are now recorded for all to see. It is the most brazen of crimes, which has shocked the nation.
Sitting in the same room as you revolts me.
How you sit there day after day almost frozen in the one position is chilling.
You have been convicted as a repeat sex offender, leaving a trail of destruction of damaged souls for three decades. Predators like you cannot be rehabilitated.
A cunning plan by police and your greed has brought you undone.
You have been exposed as an opportunistic, perverted, cold-blooded, child-killing paedophile.
Central to the facts are not whodunnit, but youdunnit.
May Daniel's soul rest in peace.