A man jailed over unpaid hotel room bills and a bizarre robbery where he used his finger as a makeshift gun says he acted alone when he poured boiling water on Daniel Morcombe’s killer.
Adam Paul Davidson pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court on Monday to one count of torture, and is expected to be sentenced later in the day.
On August 5 last year, he poured boiling water over the head of Brett Peter Cowan, who was jailed for life after abducting and killing 13-year-old Daniel Morcombe on the Sunshine Coast in December 2003.
The court heard Davidson, 31, plotted and watched Cowan’s movements for a month to find the best way to harm him.
Prosecutor Mark Whitbread said Davidson poured a bucket of boiling water over Cowan’s head while the then 46-year-old was playing cards with other inmates at the Wolston Correctional Centre in Queensland.
He then struck Cowan in the head with the bucket three to four times.
Cowan received superficial burns to 15 per cent of his body, including on his head, chest and leg and was treated in hospital to prevent infection.
The child-killer was left left permanently disfigured.
The court heard Davidson got the idea to scald Cowan after he saw another prisoner bearing horrific scars and wearing a burn suit from a similar attack.
Davidson told investigators he attacked Cowan ‘for a little bit of retribution’ and he wanted him ‘to feel the pain like someone like Daniel Morcombe has felt’.
‘I did it. Only me no one else was involved. He had it coming, he’s a f***king grub,’ Davidson said.
Daniel Morcombe’s remains were found in August 2011 after an elaborate police operation prompted Cowan to confess and lead undercover officers to where he dumped Daniel’s body.
Cowan was found guilty of murder, indecent treatment of a child and interfering with a corpse.
The Morcombe family declined to be present for his sentencing, in which Supreme Court Judge Roslyn Atkinson spoke at length about Cowan’s crimes.
She described his crime as ‘entirely abhorrent.’
‘You didn’t look like a monster, you didn’t look like a paedophile, you looked like an ordinary person,’ she said.
‘You knew if he ran away, you’d be caught. So you killed him. You killed him because you didn’t want to get caught.
‘Everything you did to that boy is horrific and disgraceful. I’ve seen no evidence in the months you’ve been in this court that you ever felt any remorse for what you did.
‘You have tragically and pointlessly snuffed out a young life.’
The sentencing hearing for Davidson continues.