Daniel's funeral plans in limbo

Daniel Morcombe.
Daniel Morcombe.

THE parents of Daniel Morcombe may not know for months when they can bury their son.

The lawyer for Daniel Morcombe's accused killer said yesterday he was yet to see any forensic evidence.

Tim Meehan, who is defending accused killer Brett Peter Cowan, said he had been given no timeline for when to expect forensic results from testing of evidence found at Daniel's gravesite in Glasshouse Mountains bushland.

The evidence includes the teenager's bones, clothing and shoes.

"Until we are in receipt of (the forensic material) and have had an opportunity to analyse that, we're not in a position to say what we will do with that and whether we want to undertake further tests," Mr Meehan said.

"We need full disclosure from the Crown. We need an opportunity to consider all of the evidence.

"Then we can start making decisions."

Mr Meehan said he had received 38 binders of material which made up "part" of the police brief on the case.

He said he would need a full brief before an application could be made to the Supreme Court for Mr Cowan's bail.

"We can't answer questions as to the relative strength of the Crown case until we have all of the material," Mr Meehan said.

Bruce and Denise Morcombe, who visited the Glasshouse Mountains site where Daniel's remains were found for a private farewell on Friday, hope to find out this week if they will be called as witnesses at their son's murder trial.

They will meet with Queensland's director of public prosecutions to request the earliest possible release of Daniel's remains so that he may be buried.

Mr Morcombe told the Daily that legal issues, including the potential for he and Denise to be called to the witness box, would also be discussed at the meeting.

The Morcombes, who attended every hearing of the coronial inquest, may not be allowed to sit in on a committal hearing if it is decided that they will need to give evidence.Mr Morcombe said he did not see any value in them giving evidence because neither saw Daniel leave home on December 7, 2003.

"If we are giving evidence ... we may not be able to sit in on the committal hearing because we will be witnesses at the trial," Mr Morcombe said.

Mr Cowan, 42, is charged with murder, deprivation of liberty, child stealing, indecent treatment of a child under 16 and interfering with a corpse. His matter is set to be mentioned in Brisbane Magistrates Court on December 12.

Topics:  brett peter cowan daniel morcombe

State steps up to tackle Swanbank's big stink

Ipswich City Council has fined Wood Mulching Industries at Swanbank $11,000 for development application breaches.

Odour detecting device to be in place by 2017

SUV passenger attacks pedestrian in city assault

Police Remembrance Day march to Brown's Park in North Ipswich on Thursday.

The assault is alleged to have occurred at about 10am in Ipswich

Local Partners

Workmates honour crash victim with tribute

UPDATE: Tanya Lyell is being remembered as a young mother dedicated to her family and work as the town she called home mourns its loss.

This week's community billboard

Learn woodworking and crafting with the Ipswich Woodcrafts Club.

A daily guide to what's on in Ipswich over the next seven days

Community garden set for Palmwoods

Kay Nixon at the Palmwoods Community Gardens will be hosting a launch day and inviting the ecommunity to come along and sign up.

Parcel of land to supply sustainable gardening for community

Things to do this week

Dragon play Ipswich Civic Centre on Friday October 28

What's on in Ipswich

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Bindi Irwin named in MAXIM HOT 100 list

Wildlife Warrior named among Australia's most beautiful women

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

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