Daniel Morcombe
Daniel Morcombe

Morcombe witnesses 'hypnotised'

A MAGISTRATE will allow "hypnotised" witnesses to be questioned during a committal hearing for the man accused of murdering Sunshine Coast teen Daniel Morcombe.

Chief magistrate Judge Brendan Butler has given Brett Peter Cowan's legal team permission to cross-examine 11 of 16 witnesses previously in dispute.

The Crown had argued against this path during a hearing in Brisbane Magistrates Court earlier this month.

Prosecutor Glen Cash noted the Crown would not rely on the evidence of those witnesses who had varied observations from the day Daniel disappeared.

Cowan's lawyers are expected to question whether they had been hypnotised to help them remember what they had seen at the site of Daniel's abduction at an underpass at Woombye where he had been waiting for a bus in December, 2003.

They will also question their observations of people and cars they saw and photo boards of suspects police might have shown them.

The evidence of another four police witnesses will be debated in a closed court.

The committal hearing has been set down for November 26.

The Morcombe family has time off and plans to attend.


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