Morcombe POI 'drip-fed' lies

A MAN who claims he abducted Daniel Morcombe has admitted his various versions of events have been full of inconsistencies and lies.

Lawyers spent Friday morning picking apart the testimony of person of interest (POI) P33, who has told an inquest that he and another male kidnapped the 13-year-old from a Sunshine Coast bus stop in December 2003.

P33 gave a detailed account in the Brisbane Coroners Court on Thursday about how he and his older male lover - a man known as P32 - drove Daniel to Brisbane and secreted him in a cabin on an army reserve.

He said P32 subjected the teenager to abuse before killing him.

P33 said they then dumped Daniel's body in the Brisbane River.

Police have told the inquest that P33 is little more than an attention-seeker who cannot be linked to the case.

P33 admitted on Friday that since 2004 he had "drip-fed" investigators with various false accounts, saying he had done so because of his mistrust for police.

"I've told some lies, yes," he said.

Craig Chowdhury, counsel assisting coroner Michael Barnes, said: "There are significant discrepancies and I want you to explain to me how you are making these inconsistencies?"

"I don't trust police ... that's my best explanation," P33 replied.

The court heard P33 initially only implicated P32 in the abduction and murder, and only wove himself into the story last year.

He denied allegations he had concocted the story as a way of seeking revenge against P32, who had reported him to police for abusing his daughter and possessing child porn.

P33 said he understood he could be charged with perjury if his latest testimony is found to be untruthful, but remained insistent the version of events he has given in court this week is correct.

His barrister, Sam Di Carlo, asked him: "You understand that this is your best opportunity to give your evidence as truthfully as possible, and you also understand the effect on Mr and Mrs Morcombe if you're lying?"

"Yes I do," P33 replied.

"Are you still saying you've been telling the truth over the last two days?"

"Yes I have."

P33 said he was eager to go with detectives to the Brisbane River to more accurately show them where Daniel was dumped.

"I'm more than happy to take someone out and show them the exact location," he said.

"I'm absolutely 100 per cent confident that in one hour you will have that body." Police have previously given evidence that thorough searches of that area of the river have revealed nothing.

Confessor a 'monster': Morcombes

The father of missing teen Daniel Morcombe yesterday labelled the man who confessed to killing his son as “a monster”.

“It fits his own criminal behaviour and background,” Bruce Morcombe said outside the Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday.

“It fits if he’s a liar and he’s lying in front of the family.

“Monster also fits if it’s true.”

The person of interest, known as P33, told the inquest into Daniel’s death that he and his adoptive father, known as P32, abducted, sodomised and killed the 13-year-old in December, 2003.

He said P32 had been sexually abusing him since he was 15 years old and they were scouting for a young boy to replace him as P32’s sexual play thing.

Mr Morcombe said watching and listening to P33 was “sickening”.

“He’s very calculating,” he said.

“You can see him concentrating on what he’s said before, on the various versions.”

Police have called P33 unreliable and not credible because he has given many versions of what happened and provided incorrect information about the case.

Denise described him as a psychopath and said his disturbing laugh, sprinkled throughout his testimony, left her chilled.

“I was watching him at the start and he just put his head in his hands so he couldn’t see us,” she said.

“He couldn’t look at us at all this afternoon.

“We were trying to read his body language to see if he was telling the truth but we couldn’t.

“It was difficult reading all the material but the reality of it, sitting there in front of him (was more difficult).

“He just showed no guilt.”

Police commissioner Bob Atkinson told media yesterday the persons of interest were the worst of the worst.

“They’re people who are notorious liars whose criminal histories are deplorable,” he said.

P33 is serving a 10-year sentence for maintaining a sexual relationship with his young daughter and possessing child porn.

P32 dobbed him in to police for those offences not long after the alleged abduction.

The court has heard P33 might have made up the story about Daniel as revenge against P32 or he might be motivated by reward money.

P33 testified P32 was making derogatory comments about P33 getting too old and wanting younger boys.

He said P32 drove a white van and P33 drove a blue car when they drove to Browns Plains, Sunnybank and then the Sunshine Coast, cruising to kidnap a young boy.

He said he thought it was a joke and followed P32 around for a laugh.

P33 said he did not realise P32 was serious until he saw Daniel on the road side.

But he said he hoped if P32 got Daniel, he would finally leave him alone.

The state coroner warned P33 that he could be charged with perjury if police could prove his version under oath was false and that a jail sentence was likely to be cumulative on top of his current sentence.

P33 continued with his story. The inquest continues.

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