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Name: BRETT PETER COWAN (Brett Peter Cowan) - aka - ("SHADDO NUNYA HUNTER")

Age: 44 yrs old (2014)

State: QLD - Brisbane - Formerly of NT - Darwin.

Sentence: Queensland Attorney-General to appeal Daniel Morcombe’s killer Brett Cowan’s non-parole period.

Sentenced in March 2014, in the Brisbane Supreme Court, to life in jail - 20 years non parole for the murder of
Daniel Morcombe - Cowan becomes eligible for parole in 2031.

In September 1993, Cowan pleaded guilty to gross indecency, grievous bodily harm and deprivation of liberty and was sentenced to seven years in jail - served 3.5 yrs.

Convicted in 1989 over the molestation of a 7 yr old boy in the public toilets of a Queensland playground and was sentenced to 2 yrs jail.

Offence/Other: Brett Peter Cowan/CHILD KILLER and Serial PAEDOPHILE - Convicted of the 2003 murder and indecent treatment of 13 yr old Daniel Morcombe.
The former tow truck driver has previously been jailed for sex crimes against young boys in Brisbane and Darwin in 1987 and 1993, but had history of molesting children dating back to his teen years.

In September 1993,Cowan pleaded guilty to gross indecency, grievous bodily harm and deprivation of liberty and was sentenced to seven years in jail.
Convicted in 1989 over the molestation of a 7 yr old boy in the public toilets of a Queensland playground and was sentenced to 2 yrs jail.

Daniel Morcombe's killer "Brett Peter Cowan" is a serial predator with an extensive history of sexually abusing children .. including - while living in a Darwin caravan park, Cowan molested a 6 year-old boy in a violent attack which left the child with a punctured lung .. Cowan left the boy to die in an old car in bushland before the naked, dazed and bleeding child staggered into a service station for help .. The 44-year-year old told an inquest into Daniel's disappearance that by the time he turned 18 he had already preyed on up to 30 children - Read more below.
Brett Peter Cowan

Brett Peter Cowan

Prison photo reveals Daniel’s killer, Brett Peter Cowan, living off fat of the land in prison

True evil is behind bars, but healthy and putting on weight.
Images of Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe’s killer Brett Peter Cowan have been revealed for the first time since before he was jailed in March for his horrendous crime.
The killer and serial child abuser, previously seen as a gaunt figure, appears to have stacked on weight behind bars and presents a much fuller face as revealed by a photo obtained by Channel 7 last night.
Despite the change, Daniel’s parents Bruce and Denise Morcombe were unimpressed by the image.
“You can’t change a leopard’s spots,” Mr Morcombe said in the interview. “He does look a bit porky. We hope he’s not doing his time easily and I’m sure he’s not.”
The disappearance of Daniel from a Sunshine Coast bus stop in 2003 tormented his parents, but they never gave up the search.

Prison image of Brett Peter Cowan convicted killer of Daniel Morcombe.

Cowan is kept in solitary confinement for his own protection in the Wolston Correctional Centre, where he is jeered and heckled every time he is moved around.
In 2011 police finally nabbed Cowan after an elaborate “Mr Big” sting, which lasted for four months, but secured a confession and Daniel’s final resting place.
On March 13 a jury found Cowan abducted Daniel from a bus stop and took him to an abandoned house where he choked him.
The 44-year-old father-of-three was sentenced to life in prison with a non-parole period of 20 years.
His lawyers filed an appeal notice in April.

www.news.com.au (22-7-2014)

Queensland Attorney-General to appeal Daniel Morcombe’s killer Brett Cowan’s non-parole period

Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie will appeal the sentence given to Daniel Morcombe’s killer Brett Peter Cowan because it is not in line with community expectations.
Mr Bleijie said he had consulted Daniel’s parents Bruce and Denise Morcombe about the life sentence imposed on Brett Peter Cowan, 44.
The sentence includes a 20-year non-parole period which Mr Bleijie said “must be appealed because it is manifestly inadequate, is not in line with community expectations and does not set an adequate deterrent”.
He has instructed the Director of Public Prosecutions to appeal.
Cowan’s defence has also indicated he will appeal his conviction for the murder of Daniel in December 2003.
Today Premier Campbell Newman will host a private reception for the Morcombes and police involved in the investigation at Parliament House.

www.news.com.au (20-3-2014)

The inside story of the psychopath who killed Daniel Morcombe and how he was brought to justice - By: Kate Kyriacou, David Murray, Renee Viellaris, Peter Hall.

"From Perth sting to guilty verdict: How WA cops helped catch Daniel Morcombe’s killer" (19-3-2014)

Daniel Morcombe murder proves the need sex offenders register, says Derryn Hinch

Broadcaster Derryn Hinch says his plan for a public sex offenders register is almost complete and he hopes Daniel Morcombe’s murder will force politicians to act.
Hinch has long campaigned to name and shame paedophiles, saying the Morcombe case proves the need for a national register so Australians can understand threats in their communities.
Convicted child sex offender Brett Peter Cowan was last week ordered to serve at least 20 years’ jail for indecently dealing with and murdering 13-year-old Daniel in Queensland in 2003.
After the verdict, the media could finally report on what many involved in the case had known for years - that Cowan was a serial sexual predator who had twice been to jail for horrific attacks on two other boys, aged six and seven.
Daniel’s parents Bruce and Denise Morcombe support the creation of a public register.
‘‘If he had never been allowed out of jail we wouldn’t be sitting here today,’’ Mrs Morcombe told the Channel 9's 60 Minutes.
‘‘I think once they have offended the first time and been charged and found guilty for that offence, they should be on the register from day one.’’
Hinch, who has gone to jail for revealing details about sex offenders’ past crimes, says a national register is a no-brainer and that in the US it hasn’t resulted in the kind of vigilante action civil libertarians warn of.
‘‘I can’t see what the argument against it is,’’ he told the ABC on Monday.
‘‘Why should some people know and others don’t?’’
Hinch is working with the former head of the National Crime Authority, Peter Faris QC, on a draft plan for a register, which should be complete in a month or so.
It will then be presented to state and federal attorneys-general, who will be urged to refine and enact it as soon as possible.
Queensland’s Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said the West Australian model would be watched.
‘‘It’s in the mix at the moment, we’re reviewing all sex offender laws,’’ he told Fairfax Radio.
‘‘I’m yet to be convinced, because we haven’t seen in Western Australia yet the results.
‘‘It appears to be working in terms of not creating vigilante communities that some would have suggested.’’
The founder of child protection advocate Bravehearts, Hetty Johnston, said the continued detention of dangerous sex offenders was better than a register, which she called a knee-jerk response that could lead to innocent people targeted.
‘‘If these guys are dangerous, they shouldn’t be released,’’ she said.
‘‘It is wrong, wrong, wrong on every level.’’
Other Newman government ministers are speaking out.
One noted that Western Australia already has a register that allows users to look up the details of convicted sex offenders living in their neighbourhoods.
Energy Minister Mark McArdle says he’s watching the situation there before making up his mind about whether it could also work in Queensland.
But Transport Minister Scott Emerson says an Australia-wide system is needed.
‘‘I want to see a national scheme so people just can’t go from one state to another,’’ he said.
Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek expressed concerns about the register push.
‘‘I’d be very concerned that it would lead to vigilantism, and they are things we don’t want to see,'' he said.
WA Police Minister Liza Harvey said she strongly supported a national sex offender register.
The WA website had more than 100,000 hits in the first eight months of operation.
It showed there was a strong public interest in information about serious and repeat offenders, she said, adding that there had been no vigilante activity.

www.brisbanetimes.com.au (17-3-2014)

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation - http://www.danielmorcombe.com.au/

Daniel Morcombe murderer Brett Peter Cowan given leniency by judges for earlier offences

These are the two judges who gave Brett Peter Cowan the benefit of the doubt.
In 1989 Brisbane District Court Judge Brian Boulton ruled Cowan’s seven-year-old victim was “not physically harmed” by the sexual assault he endured at a Stafford park, in Brisbane’s north, in 1987.
He served just 14 months of a two-year sentence.
Five years later, Cowan was once again before the courts for an even worse ­attack on a six-year-old boy in Darwin in 1993.
Northern Territory ­Supreme Court Justice Dean Mildren took into account Cowan’s request for rehabilitation, sentencing him to seven years’ jail and eligible for parole after three-and-a-half years.
More serious charges, including attempted murder, were dropped before the case went to court.
Prosecutors appealed the sentence on the grounds it was manifestly inadequate, but the NT Appeals Court ruled it was not entitled to ­interfere.
In Judge Boulton’s ruling, he noted that “people must realise that if they act this way they will be dealt with by the courts severely”.
“The community at large is extremely disapproving of this sort of behaviour,” Judge Boulton said.
Despite his stern words, the judge said because of Cowan’s age and the fact it was his first conviction for an offence of its kind, he would sentence him to two years.
“(It was) a bad instance of indecent dealing,” he ruled.
The evidence against Cowan in the Darwin case was more compelling, with his young victim’s injuries revealing an assault much worse than what he ­confessed to.
A medical examination found multiple injuries to the boy’s head, anus and leg indicated “widespread repeated applications of both blunt and sharp force”, as well as “an asphyxial element”.
Justice Mildren acknowledged Cowan’s “ability to lie” but said his admissions to police and request for help were “in his favour”.
“(Psychologist) Mr Mals queries whether the defendant is genuinely remorseful but so far as that is ­concerned, I am prepared to give the prisoner the benefit of any doubt because of his fairly spontaneous indication to the police that he needs help,” Justice Mildren said in his ruling.
He went on to note the ­escalation in violence ­between his previous child sex offence and the attack in Darwin, but again said he would give Cowan “the ­benefit of the doubt” that he had not specifically intended to cause grievous bodily harm to the boy.
“In addition the prisoner has deprived the child of his liberty, albeit not for long.”
Justice Mildren is ­currently overseas and was not able to be contacted.
He most recently made headlines in 2012 when he branded mandatory sentencing laws as “unjust and ­unfair”, during the trial of a contract killer.
Judge Boulton retired from the bench in 2004.

www.news.com.au (15-3-2014)

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Questions raised over Cowan's sentence

Daniel Morcombe's killer will be in his 60s before he can be released from jail, but whether that's enough to protect the public is under scrutiny.
Brett Peter Cowan was on Friday given life imprisonment with no parole for 20 years for murdering the Sunshine Coast schoolboy in 2003, but Queensland's attorney-general has raised the possibility of appealing the sentence.
Brett Peter Cowan
Jarrod Bleijie says he is reviewing the penalty and receiving advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The trial judge herself raised questions about Cowan's prospects of rehabilitation with a warning for those who would consider releasing him when he becomes eligible for parole in 2031.
"Whenever anyone is considering the prospect of granting you parole in the future they should mark my words that you are a convincing, plausible and adaptable liar, and prepared to lie to advance your own interests," Supreme Court Justice Roslyn Atkinson told the serial sex offender on Friday.
Justice Atkinson was required to sentence Cowan to a non-parole period of at least 15 years, but felt the enormity of Cowan's crimes and his history warranted a harsher penalty.
The judge had barked at father of three Cowan, 44, to stand up in the Brisbane Supreme Court dock to hear her forceful sentencing remarks, which ran for more than 20 minutes.
"Everything about what you did to that child was horrific and disgraceful," she told the prisoner, who stared straight ahead with his hands folded in front of him.
"This is not just a murder but a terrible murder. It has had widespread and shocking impacts."
Daniel's parents Denise and Bruce Morcombe, now child safety campaigners, were not in court, choosing to attend a fundraiser instead.
They had endured an emotional day on Thursday when Cowan, who has already spent two-and-a-half years behind bars, was found guilty of indecently treating and murdering Daniel and interfering with his corpse.
Powerful victim impact statements from the couple and their two sons read in court described how the "evil" Cowan had torn their family apart and left them with unbearable images of what had happened to their son.
Daniel was 13 when he vanished while waiting for a bus at Woombye on the Sunshine Coast on December 7, 2003.
Cowan was arrested in August 2011 following an undercover police sting, and Daniel's remains were discovered in bushland in the Sunshine Coast hinterland later the same month.
The former tow truck driver has previously been jailed for sex crimes against young boys in Brisbane and Darwin in 1987 and 1993, but had history of molesting children dating back to his teen years.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Brisbane's Story Bridge will be lit red on Friday night in honour of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, the charity set up by Daniel's parents.
Daniel was wearing a red T-shirt when he was abducted.

AAP (14-3-2014)

Brett Peter Cowan: Daniel Morcombe's killer had long history of preying on children

Daniel Morcombe's killer Brett Peter Cowan is a serial predator with an extensive history of sexually abusing children.
The 44-year-year told an inquest into Daniel's disappearance that by the time he turned 18 he had already preyed on up to 30 children.
He said his offending stretched back to when he was about nine or 10 years of age.
However, he was first convicted of a child sex offence in 1989 over the molestation of a seven-year-old boy in the public toilets of a Queensland playground.
He was sentenced to two years for indecent dealing.
Four years later while living in a Darwin caravan park, Cowan molested a six-year-old boy in a violent attack which left the child with a punctured lung.
Cowan left the boy to die in an old car in bushland before the naked, dazed and bleeding child staggered into a service station for help.
After initially denying any involvement in the attack, Cowan confessed after police told him they had found DNA evidence linking him to the crime.
In September 1993, Cowan pleaded guilty to gross indecency, grievous bodily harm and deprivation of liberty and was sentenced to seven years in jail.
After his release from prison on parole in 1998 he moved to the Sunshine Coast to be close to relatives and soon became involved in the Christian Outreach Church.
He met Tracey Moncrieff through the church and in 1999 they later married and had a child.
The couple were living in Beerwah at the time Daniel went missing. They divorced in 2004.
Cowan was an early suspect in Daniel's disappearance and was first interviewed by police two weeks after the 13-year-old went missing. Officers interviewed him again in 2005.
For an unexplained reason, Cowan changed his name to Shaddo N-Unyah Hunter between 2003 and a 2011 inquest into Daniel's disappearance, at which he was called to give evidence.
"I had nothing to do with Daniel's disappearance, nothing at all," he told the court.
However, shortly after Cowan's appearance at the inquest he told undercover police officers that he picked Daniel up from a bus stop to "have fun" with him.
He told the officers, who were posing as criminal gang members, that he drove Daniel to a demountable building on a macadamia farm in a secluded bushland area in Beerwah with the intention of molesting him.
He said he invited Daniel in for a drink of water and tried to pull his pants down.
When Daniel said "Oh no" and began to struggle, Cowan said he choked him with his arm around his neck.
Cowan told the officers he disposed of Daniel's body in an old sand mining area.
Daniel's bone fragments were later found at the site.
Cowan was arrested and charged with Daniel's murder in August 2011 and was found guilty in March 2014.

www.abc.net.au (14-3-2014)

Daniel Morcombe's accused killer Brett Peter Cowan's name change a mystery

Defence lawyers for the man accused of Daniel Morcombe's murder do not know why their client changed his name prior to his arrest.
Brett Peter Cowan changed his name to Shaddo Nunya Hunter in the years between Daniel's disappearance and the 2010 inquest into his suspected murder, at which Cowan was a person of interest.
Within months of the inquest being adjourned in 2011, Cowan was charged with murder, child stealing, deprivation of liberty, indecent treatment of a child and interfering with a corpse.
The 43-year-old's odd name change was revealed during the cross-examination of a lead investigator at his committal hearing in February.
At the committal, defence lawyer Michael Bosscher asked Detective Senior Sergeant Stephen Blanchfield whether the accused had legally changed his name to Shaddo Nunya Hunter.
''My understanding is that is now his legal name,'' the detective said.
Tim Meehan, of Bosscher Lawyers, told news.com.au that the defence team became aware of the name change upon taking on their client.
"He hasn't (provided an explanation for the name change) and it's not something we've pushed with him," he said.
"I can't guess as to what the motivation was or whether there's any special meaning or whether it attaches to anything in popular culture or whether it's just a name.
"People change their names all the time - it's not anything unusual. People do it often and for any number of different reasons."
Mr Meehan said the defence team addressed Cowan by his natural name and that his client had never insisted on being called Shaddo.
It is understood police were aware of the name change at the time of Cowan's arrest but charged him under his natural name anyway.
Mr Meehan said he was unsure what name Cowan's family used to address him.
"I don't talk about his family with him," he said.
"(Our communication) is just solely related to us defending him."
While the meaning of Shaddo Nunya Hunter is unknown, the name has a range of popular culture inferences.
Shadow Hunters is a survival board game set in a forest in which three groups of characters - the Shadows, creatures of the night; the Hunters, humans who try to destroy supernatural creatures; and the Neutrals, civilians caught in the middle of this ancient battle - struggle against each other to survive.
The key to winning is to identify allies and enemies because once a players' identity is revealed, their enemies will attack with impunity.
There is a series of Shadowhunter novels in which shadowhunters, a magical race of beings that are half angel and half human, endeavour to protect the world from demons and other supernatural forces.
There is a Shadow Hunter comic book series by Virgin Comics and porn star Jenna Jameson.
There is also a 13-episode documentary television series about the paranormal called Shadow Hunter.
The only known meaning for "Nunya" is that it is slang for "none of your business".
It is believed Cowan probably changed his name in his home state of Western Australia.
The WA Department of the Attorney General said police checks were not performed against every name-change application but that the Registry ran police checks "in certain circumstances".
A trial date for Cowan, who remains segregated from other inmates at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre in Queensland, is expected to soon be set for as early as this year.
Mr Meehan said the defence team were ready.
"It just needs to be done," he said.
"We're happy to just get in and do it really.
"(A trial this year would be good) for absolutely everyone involved."
News.com.au understands Cowan will be addressed by his natural name at his trial.
However, University of Adelaide Advocacy and Justice Unit director David Caruso said this would change if Cowan was found guilty.
"If he's convicted he has to be sentenced and so forth as the law recognises him and the law recognises him by his legal name," he said.

www.news.com.au (1-4-2013)

Brett Cowan committed to stand trial for the murder of Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe

Accused killer Brett Cowan has been committed to stand trial for the murder of Daniel Morcombe.
9.41am: Mr Bosscher conceded there was a case against his client.
''I can see that the prosecution have met the threshold test required,'' he said.
Chief Magistrate Brendan Butler committed Cowan to stand trial for the murder of Daniel Morcombe.
''The defendant before the court is facing five charges...the defence concedes there is evidence on which I may commit,'' he said.
''The prosecution case is that Daniel Morcombe disappeared on December 7, 2003, after he was seen missing a bus.''
Chief Magistrate Butler said there was evidence the defendant admitted to abducting and killing Daniel and disposing of his body.
Human remains were later found at a location where he had taken undercover police officers, he said.
The Magistrate said it was now for a jury to determine whether he was guilty of the charges.
Asked by Chief Magistrate Butler whether he intended to respond to the five charges read out against him, Cowan answered ''no sir''.
9.31am: Defence lawyer Michael Bosscher has moved on to questioning a second police officer, Detective Senior Constable Ross Hutton.
The detective was asked to describe other buildings on the Kings Rd site where Cowan claimed, in a conversation with an undercover police officer, to have killed Daniel inside a demountable home.
Det Sen Const Hutton said the site also held tobacco growing sheds, a storage shed and a wood saw.
He said the area was significantly flooded on several occasions following Daniel's disappearance.
Mr Bosscher said his client had made ''certain admissions'' to undercover police about what had happened at the property.
''He indicated to them...he took Daniel's body and dropped it down the embankment,'' Mr Bosscher said.
''He then climbed down after he dropped the body and retrieved it.''
The detective described the embankment as being two to three metres high.
9.21am: Mr Bosscher told the court his client was not the only person to make "admissions" to police in relation to the disappearance of Daniel on December 7, 2003.
''My recollection is that there are only two other people who made admissions...to police,'' Det Sen Sgt Blanchfield said.
Moving on to other aspects of the investigation, Mr Bosscher asked the detective to confirm that police had prepared 34 photo boards that were shown to witnesses from about the time of Daniel's disappearance to an inquest held eight years later.
The photo boards included images of 31 persons of interest.
Mr Bosscher said the only witness to be shown a photo board including a picture of Cowan was a witness named Abby North, who failed to identify him.
9.13am: The committal hearing into the murder of Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe has begun with further cross examination of one of the lead investigators.
Detective Senior Sergeant Stephen Blanchfield was asked by defence lawyer Michael Bosscher to confirm that accused killer Brett Peter Cowan had legally changed his name to Shadoo Nunya Hunter.
''My understanding is that is now his legal name,'' the detective said.
''Changed by deed poll at some point,'' Mr Bosscher said.
''Yes,'' the detective replied.
Cowan, 43, is facing a Brisbane Magistrates Court hearing on charges of murder, child stealing, deprivation of liberty, indecent treatment of a child and interfering with a corpse.
His lawyers have indicated he intends to plead not guilty to all charges.

The Courier-mail (7-2-2013)
Kate Kyriacou

"Suspected killer of teen named in court at parents' request" (17-8-2011)

Catching the devil: Brett Cowan, the monster who killed Daniel Morcombe

This is the inside story of the psychopath who killed Daniel Morcombe and how he was brought to justice.
Tracey Haneveld was the first to know for sure. She knew Brett Peter Cowan as well as anyone. Knew what he was capable of. Knew what he’d done. His terrible past.
In 2005 she’d told them — if he was around when Daniel Morcombe was snatched from the side of the road, they’d best arrest him.
Peter Johns, an ambitious young coronial lawyer punching above his weight at the inquest into Australia’s most baffling crime, put it together too.
Bruce Morcombe knew it too. The moment he saw him. The lankiness. The hair. The way the stubble peppered his face. He’d looked just like the sketches.
And the police. For so long the investigative wheels had spun in the dirt. The thousands of leads that had taken them to a thousand dead ends. Now, they stood silent and weathered the criticism, while behind the scenes, things were moving.
Nobody, not even Daniel’s parents, could know police were putting together the most elaborate of stings. Taking on the guise of the criminal underbelly, they were creating an intricate world of crime and glamour, brainwashing and blood diamonds — all to trap a devil into spilling his darkest secret.
But it began on an otherwise normal summer’s day.
Around 1pm on December 7, 2003, Daniel Morcombe, a beautiful boy with his mother’s blue eyes, left his home at Palmwoods on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and walked the kilometre to an unofficial bus stop under the Kiel Mountain Rd overpass.
He’d woken up that morning with different plans.
He and his brothers were supposed to spend the morning at their neighbours’ fruit picking, before going to Brisbane with their parents for a Christmas picnic.
If only it hadn’t rained that day. If only the bus hadn’t broken down. If only the 13-year-old boy standing under the bridge hadn’t been wearing that bright red shirt that caught the eye of everyone who drove by.
After he was snatched — snatched away from his family. From his life — police went to work, scouring the local area, interviewing anyone who saw anything.
But the investigation became overwhelmed with information. In the years after Daniel’s disappearance, police logged 18,000 incidents (a normal homicide case has about 500), conducted 10,000 interviews and had 33 persons of interest. They even came close, in January 2010, to giving up and declaring it a cold case.
Yet they had already spoken to the killer.
December 21, 2003, was the day Brett Cowan nearly got away with murder.
When the young father answered the knock his front door and saw plainclothes Constable Kenneth King and Detective Senior Constable Dennis Martyn he was certain he was done.
They’d found him. He was going back to jail.
Others might have crumpled. Panicked. Not Cowan. Perhaps if he had, they might have looked at him differently. Decided he had something to hide.
years later, Bruce Morcombe would declare his son’s murder should have been easier to solve.
“I felt he was a remarkably simple person to identify and this was a simple puzzle to solve,’’ he said.
It took an elaborate undercover police operation to get their man.
The stark, heartbreaking reality was this: When a shaken Brett Cowan walked out of the coroner’s court on April Fool’s Day 2010, despite having been torn apart at the inquest and Peter Johns, Bruce Morcombe and almost everyone connected to the case being now certain he was Daniel’s killer, all he had to do was stay silent. And he was home free.
Then some “crooks” befriended him and offered him a part in their gang’s operations.
Only there was no gang and the “Mr Big” was a fiction. The police had set the whole thing up.
And when they convinced Cowan to talk about that day in December 2003 when he picked up a red-shirted boy from the side of the road, they had him bang to rights.


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