Bruce Morcombe: Why is Daniel's inquest taking so long?
BRUCE Morcombe has raised concerns with the State Coroner over the "excessively long" investigation of a top cop that is preventing closure of the inquest into his son Daniel's murder.
The Morcombe family has written to the Coroner for guidance as the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) pushes on with a marathon probe into misconduct claims against Assistant Commissioner Mike Condon.
The claims relate to Mr Condon's conduct as part of the Morcombe inquest, which is scrutinising the police response in Queensland's biggest murder investigation, during which he was head of Homicide.
Schoolboy Daniel Morcombe disappeared from a Sunshine Coast bus stop in 2003.
The inquest into his disappearance began in October, 2010, before being adjourned as new leads were pursued and a complex and sophisticated covert operation undertaken.
The operation resulted in the discovery of Daniel's remains and the arrest, trial and conviction of serial pedophile Brett Peter Cowan.
The inquest resumed in December 2016 to see what lessons had been learnt with regard to the investigation.
Part of the CCC probe into Mr Condon is centred around complaints made by former detective Dennis Martyn that Mr Condon colluded with other officers to prevent him and another former detective, Kenneth King, from giving evidence at the inquest.
It has also been alleged an officer, at the request of Mr Condon, accessed files and disclosed personal details of Mr Martyn and Mr King.
The claims were investigated internally by the Ethical Standards Command for eight months without an outcome before the case was taken over by the CCC almost five months ago.
Until the matter is finalised, State Coroner Terry Ryan is unable to release his findings and bring an end to the inquest launched in 2010. The last sitting was in December, 2016, with findings expected early last year.
Mr Morcombe said he understood due process had to be followed, but 13 months was "an unreasonable length of time'' to wait for an outcome.
"What we as a family want is some closure and some answers and then we can all just move on,'' he said.
"We are extremely keen to put 14 years behind us, but there's one lingering thing.
"It is taking an excessively long time and we are scratching our heads as to why.
"We want an improved system if it needs improving. Some improvements have already happened, but there may be more.''
In a response to The Courier-Mail, a CCC spokesman said the watchdog expected to complete its investigation into misconduct claims against Mr Condon "in the near future''.
"The investigation remains ongoing so it is not appropriate to comment further,'' he said.
Mr Condon previously has defended the way he ran the investigation, telling the inquest in late 2016 that he was very comfortable with decisions made at the time.
It is understood the State Coroner has been advised the CCC is investigating matters linked to evidence presented at the inquest.
A spokesman said there was no date fixed for findings at this stage.