Bruce Morcombe said the family had been frustrated the CCC probe had delayed the coroner’s findings. (AAP: Dan Peled )
Bruce Morcombe has welcomed the end of the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) probe into on allegations of police misconduct in the investigation of his son Daniel Morcombe’s disappearance, but also blasted authorities for taking so long.
After delivering a safety talk to Townsville school children this afternoon, Mr Morcombe and his wife Denise only learned the lengthy investigation had wrapped up when told by the media.
The CCC found there were insufficient grounds for any criminal prosecution or disciplinary proceedings against Assistant Commissioner Mike Condon, who had faced criticism over his handling of the controversial case.
He had been accused of being too quick to dismiss early suspicions about Brett Cowan, who was a known child sex offender.
More than a decade after Daniel Morcombe was killed, Cowan was found guilty of murdering the 13-year-old in 2003, and is serving a life sentence.
The CCC inquiry came after claims by former detective Dennis Martyn and dates back to December 2016.
Two months ago, Mr Morcombe attacked the CCC for its “unfathomably long” inquiry into the matter and said there was a “code of silence” around the probe.
He said the findings brought his family one step nearer to closure after Daniel’s murder went unsolved for so long.
Brett Peter Cowan was initially dismissed as a suspect in Daniel’s disappearance. (Qld Supreme Court)
“The frustration on family’s part was the delay in allowing the coroner to hand down his findings,” Mr Morcombe said.
“This has been a process that has taken some 18 plus months but we are glad it is finally behind us.
“We have said all along it was never an issue between the Morcombe family and Queensland Police or Mr Condon, absolutely not.
“We do not have an axe to grind. All it was doing was delaying the process for the coroner to hand down his findings and that was the cause of our frustration and anger.
“But onward we march and as we say it has cleared the path for the coroner to determine if he has sufficient information to hand down his findings or he needs additional sitting days to call extra witnesses and then hand down his findings.
“Either way we are in a healthier position than we were in a few hours ago.”