'Why are we keeping this animal alive?'
WHY are we paying to keep this man alive?
That was the sentiment on social media as news broke that Daniel Morcombe's killer had been attacked with boiling water in prison.
Brett Peter Cowan suffered burns to his head, chest and back when a fellow inmate gave him a "hot shower" - a prison term for pouring a bucket of boiling water over an inmate's head.
Channel 7 reported the inmate had poured the water from an urn into a mop bucket before tipping that over Cowan, and then beat Cowan with the mop bucket.
The prisoner who attacked Cowan was later taken to hospital himself, with what Nine reported as 'self-inflicted' harm.
Cowan's lawyer has blasted authorities for releasing his client into the general prison population.
But there was zero sympathy for him on the Sunshine Coast Daily's Facebook page.
Women particularly were outraged at the measures to keep Cowan safe, given what he did to 13-year-old Daniel in 2003.
Bruce and Denise Morcombe were not buying into the row, preferring to keep their thoughts to themselves yesterday.
But they would have little sympathy for Cowan.
In his victim impact statement to the court, Bruce Morcombe said Cowan had been "completely devoid of any remorse of what you did to Daniel."
"Your deliberate actions are now recorded for all to see. It is the most brazen crime that has shocked the nation. Sitting in the same room as you revolts me.
"How you sit there day after day, almost frozen in the one position, is chilling. You have been convicted as a repeat sex offender, leaving a trail of destruction, distress and damage to souls for three decades.
"Predators like you cannot be rehabilitated.
"You have been exposed an an opportunistic, perverted, cold-blooded, child-killing paedophile."
Denise Morcombe wrote: "I hope you have a life of loneliness, and (you're) unloved for your entire life. I hope you are never released.
"Your mistake was you picked on Daniel to release your animalistic, sexual needs. You are a burdened soul, who didn't realise that his mother would never give up searching for answers and how much I loved him. He was, and still is, a part of me.
"That was your mistake, you evil, evil, unhuman being.
"I hope your jail time is difficult and you're never released.
"For me, I have a purpose. As thanks to all who have searched for Daniel, I wish to explain this tragic story. I will continue my work with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, teaching children to be aware of people like you."
A similar sentiment was expressed on Facebook.
Tina Murphy wrote: "Stop spending our tax money saving this dirty filthy rockspider murderer and let him suffer the same as all the children this scum hurt did.''
It costs between $220 and $300 a day for an ordinary prisoner in Queensland. The costs for someone in protective custody could be much higher.
Some suggested Cowan should have been given a lethal injection after the guilty verdict.
Bek Peaker said after the attack it was a 'pity' he was still breathing. "I hope this man suffers every day of his 20 years in jail."
Gabriella Ambrose said Cowan should rot. "Seriously why are (we) keeping this animal alive? .We put down dogs that bite kids this animal killed one!''
Cowan is expected to remain in hospital for a week. It is unlikely he will be returned to the general population. Jennie Adamson wrote: "If I was the nurse to attend to him I would refuse. How could people help him after what he has done.''
Cowan's lawyer Cowan's lawyer, Tim Meehan, from Bosscher Lawyers, said it was not for others to punish him further.
"I understand that there's an awful lot of ill feeling towards him but vigilante justice is something that has never been condoned by the courts," he told the Courier-Mail.
"He is in jail as punishment for his crime and it's not for others who are in jail - serving punishment for their crimes - to serve out summary justice.
"It's disappointing that the prison saw fit to move him from his protective cell, given the fact that there have been wide ranging calls to take swift and severe action against Brett by all sorts of people."
An investigation into the attack has been launched Queensland Police Service's Corrective Services Investigation Unit and the QCS's Office of the Chief Inspector.