Acting Commissioner Mike Condon addresses the media outside the court.
Acting Commissioner Mike Condon addresses the media outside the court.

Top cop 'delighted' at conviction of Cowan

QUEENSLAND'S top police have expressed relief and delight that the case against Daniel Morcombe's killer has been won in court.

Assistant Commissioner Mike Condon, who oversaw the investigation into Daniel's disappearance, said police were "very happy" with the verdict.

"This has been a lengthy and protracted investigation," Commissioner Condon said..

Mr Condon praised the work of Sunshine Coast police, State Crime Operations Command and specialty services across Queensland and Australia.

"They are a credit to the Queensland Police Service. They are a credit to the community of Queensland,'' he said of the local effort.

He thanked law agencies across Australia, particularly the West Australian police, who were critical to the success of the covert police operation which led to Brett Peter Cowan's confession.

"I would also like to thank the courageous people of the SES (State Emergency Services),'' he said.

"They did a fantastic job in assisting us from day one."

He said their most recent work was particularly difficult, given the Glass House Mountains site where Daniel's remains were found was infested by snakes, rats and other rodents.

He said the community, in supplying more than 15,000 pieces of information, had been critical in helping solve Daniel's disappearance.

"It reinforces the power of Crime Stoppers globally and how that program can assist us in solving crime,'' Commissioner Condon said.

He said it was important the role of the business community and the media was acknowledged.

"You are critical to all our investigations. We can't have successes without your involvement,'' he said.

He also praised the work of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in putting forward the police case against Cowan in court.

The DPP demonstrated outstanding expertise to prosecute the brief of evidence to the highest standard, Commissioner Condon  said.

"Finally I would like to thank the Morcombe family for their patience and their ongoing belief in investigators.''

"Our thoughts are with them right at this moment,'' he said, acknowledging the family's journey was not over.

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