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30 March 2011

Goodna mum and boy lied in Morcombe case


A GOODNA mother and teenage boy lied to police about the movements of a pedophile who shared their house on the day Daniel Morcombe was abducted.

Daniel Morcombe disappeared in 2003.

A GOODNA mother and teenage boy lied to police about the movements of a pedophile who shared their house on the day Daniel Morcombe was abducted.

At the inquest into Daniel's disappearance it was revealed that one of the suspects, referred to in the inquest as P5, was staying in Goodna with his girlfriend and her children after he was let out of jail in 2003.

On the day Daniel disappeared, December 7, 2003, P5 left Goodna and drove to the Sunshine Coast alone.

But when P5's girlfriend was initially interviewed she told police she was with him during the entire day, providing P5 an alibi.

She said she was so "blinded" by love that she lied to say her boyfriend was with her.

The court heard yesterday that a teenager from the same Goodna house also lied to police about P5's whereabouts on that day.

The 15-year-old said he lied because he feared he would be beaten.

The witness said P5 had threatened to "smash" him if he didn't say they were at home together on December 7, 2003.

"He pretty much threatened us to say he was there with us the whole day at (the house at Goodna), but he wasn't," the witness told the Brisbane Coroners Court.

He told the court P5 had left the house about 11am on that day and did not come back for hours.

When P5 returned to the house he was "acting very weird", the witness said.

"He come upstairs and went straight into his room and he just didn't seem right," he said.

"I just said what's wrong with you and he said 'nothing's wrong, I just want to be on my own'."

The boy said he didn't tell police about P5's absence from the house until 2008.

When asked why he initially lied, he said he had feared violent retribution from P5.

"My life was in danger," he said.

"I was young ... I was frickin' scared and didn't know what to do."

Daniel disappeared while waiting for a bus at Woombye, five kilometres south of Nambour.

In Brisbane Coroner's Court on Monday, the Morcombe family's lawyer Peter Boyce queried P5's former girlfriend about why she lied to police.

She eventually admitted she lied to protect P5.

P5 was introduced to her through another man she knew in jail and soon they were writing letters to each other.

The woman said P5 told her he was in jail for a bank robbery.

P5 is behind bars for an offence against his sister.

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