Footage shows moment Australian child kidnapper, murderer arrested

Police have released footage of the moment the murderer of a 13-year-old boy was arrested.

The eerie video shared by Queensland Police shows two officers arresting notorious Australian sex offender and murderer Peter Cowan for the kidnap and murder of Daniel Morcombe in 2011 after an eight-year-long investigation.

In the video Cowan stands in a clearing before two police officers make themselves known to him yelling "police" and "stay right there."

They tell him they are investigating the murder and abduction of 13-year-old boy Daniel Morcombe.

The officers ask Cowan if he remembers already being spoken to in relation to the murder, to which he replies "yep."

He is informed he has the right to remain silent, again responding with "yep."

The video then cuts to Cowan on the phone with his lawyer. He asks if he is under arrest, and the officers say not if he is willing to stay and talk with them.

"Then you can just arrest me," he said.

"You're under arrest for the murder of Daniel Morcombe," a detective tells him.

He turns back to the phone call and tells his lawyer in a calm tone "yep, cool. I'm under arrest for Daniel's murder."

Cowan had unknowingly lead undercover police to a macadamia farm in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland where Daniel died, and was found guilty in 2014 of the kidnap and murder.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment after pleading not guilty to all charges and refused to provide any evidence of his innocence.


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