Today's poll: Should Daniel's killer ever be released?

QUEENSLAND'S Attorney-General has announced he will appeal the 20-year minimum sentence handed to Daniel Morcombe's killer.

Jarrod Bleijie said he had instructed the Director of Public Prosecutions to appeal the sentence of Brett Peter Cowan.

The Attorney-General has advised Crown Prosecutors that he is of the view that the non-parole period that was set must be appealed because it is "manifestly inadequate, is not in line with community expectations and does not set an adequate deterrent".

The decision follows discussions with the director and Daniel's parents, Bruce and Denise Morcombe, Mr Bleijie said.

Bruce and Denise Morcombe have made it clear that Cowan, who has a shocking criminal history involving children, should never be released.

"Hopefully he's dead by the time he's 60 so we won't have to think about the non-parole period," Mrs Morcombe told 60 Minutes.

Cowan, who is 44, could be released in his early 60s in the unlikely event he serves only the minimum non-parole period.

Justice Rosyln Atkinson, in sentencing Cowan, said the 20-year non-parole period did not mean that Cowan should be released in 20 years time.

Read the full story here.

Is the 20-year minimum sentence given to Daniel's killer too light?

This poll ended on 18 April 2014.

Current Results

Yes. Given his history he should never be released

90%

Yes, but that's the best the judge could do under the law

1%

No. Jarrod Bleijie is just trying to get attention

6%

It's okay for now, but should be reviewed when he's due for release

2%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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