Police at the scene of where Daniel disappeared back in 2003.
Police at the scene of where Daniel disappeared back in 2003.

"I thought what a waste of breath this guy was"

A WITNESS has described seeing a "low-class citizen" near Daniel Morcombe the day he went missing.

Troy Meiers, from Coolum, told Brisbane Magistrates Court he saw a "scumbag" in a flannelette shirt and jeans, with sunken cheeks and protruding facial bones.

"It looked like the bloke had been on drugs for a long time," he said.

"I thought what a waste of breath this guy was."

Mr Meiers said he had a close look at the man because he was in his eye-line as he approached a merging lane on Nambour Connection Road on December 7, 2003.

He also said he saw a white-ish courier-like van, with no windows on the sides, being driven in a "bizarre" manner near the date Daniel went missing.

Mr Meiers said the van did two loops on each of the roundabouts either side of the Kiel Mountain Road overpass where he had seen the boy.

He said the person inside had "scruffy hair" and looked like a "hippie-type" but he could not confirm whether a man or woman was driving.

Ian Gotham, from Palmwoods, described seeing a "boxy", blue, four-door car while he was driving from Nambour to Maroochydore on December 7.

He said he thought it was a Ford XD or a Corolla or something similar.

Solicitor Tim Meehan showed the court a four-wheel-drive Pajero photo, one police have testified they "thoroughly" searched.

"'This is not the car you were describing?' he asked Mr Gotham, who confirmed it was not.

Brett Peter Cowan, 43, is accused of abducting Daniel from the Nambour Connection Road, where he was waiting for a bus.

He is also charged with murdering the 13 year old and dumping his body in the Glasshouse Mountains.


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