Brett Peter Cowan, the man accused of killing Queensland teenager Daniel Morcombe, was promised money and status in a gang, which led him him to "pretend" he killed the boy, his defence lawyer says.
Meanwhile, a convicted sex offender named as part of the case, Douglas Jackway, was described as behaving "like a snake going past a wounded mouse".
In a closing statement to the Supreme Court in Brisbane, barrister Angus Edwards said not a single person had seen what Cowan said had happened because it was a lie.
"Not a single witness saw a boy walking off with a man," he said. "You know why? Because it just didn't happen."
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