Brett Cowan who murdered Queensland schoolboy Daniel Morcombe has been taken to hospital after a fellow inmate reportedly threw boiling water over him.

An ambulance was called for Brett Peter Cowan at 9.28am to Wolston Correctional Centre and he was taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital, reports The Courier Mail.

It is unclear how badly Cowan has been burned. The other inmate is being interviewed over the incident.

A Queensland Corrective Services spokesperson this morning confirmed a prisoner was taken to hospital.

“About 9.15am, correctional officers discovered that the 46-year-old male prisoner was injured and immediately contacted the Queensland Ambulance Service,” the spokesperson said.

“The prisoner was conscious and lucid and was conveyed to a Brisbane Hospital for treatment. An update on his condition is not known at this stage.

“Another prisoner is being interviewed in relation to the incident. The matter is being investigated by the Queensland Police Service’s Corrective Services Investigation Unit and the QCS’s Office of the Chief Inspector.

“As the matter is the subject of a police investigation, QCS can make no further comment.”

In 2014 Cowan was sentenced to life in prison with a non-parole ­period of 20 years for killing 13-year-old Daniel in December 2003.

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  • No sympathy here. Sad to be like that, but someone who chooses to abuse and kill children doesn’t deserve anyone’s sympathy


  • No sympathy from me.I’m suprised something like this hasn’t happened sooner


  • Like other mums here I have difficulty feeling sympathy for this guy who committed such heavy/evil crime himself.


  • Cannot feel sorry for this person – what he inflicted on young Daniel and his family can never be fully understood. What goes around comes around – maybe it’s time for him to feel hurt.


  • The pain he is feeling is nothing compared to what he has inflicted on the Morcombe family.


  • It’s hard to feel much sympathy for him.


  • Other prisoners often find a way of getting to those involved in crimes against children. Although he will be given pain relief they can only administer a certain maxinum amount. Treating burnt skin can be a long process progressing removing damaged skin. Unless they are sedated or “knocked up” to fall asleep for the time it takes to do it, and it often has to be done in stages (a cousin of mine accidentally dropped a kettle of boiling water), not just once. His skin was very tight and his intensive physio was very painful.


  • Going to bite my tongue here!!! Boiling water!! That’s nothing compared to what young Daniel endured before his death – or what his parents have suffered since. I have no (good) feelings for him at all.


  • wow everyone knows that these sorts of things happen to these sorts of criminals – i wonder what took the inmates so long!


  • My comment : Dishing out just desserts or (should I say splashing out) …sometimes inmates do produce their own justice for these types of vermin.
    The down side to this now though is he is safe and probably pain free in hospital…what a shame they did not discover him much much later.

    • Thinking of you with love Daniel RIP.


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