EXCLUSIVE: 'I just wanted him to feel pain': Vigilante inmate, 31, walks free from prison after pouring boiling water on Daniel Morcombe's vile paedophile killer Brett Peter Cowan leaving him scarred for LIFE

  • Adam Paul Davidson, 31, tipped boiling water on head of Brett Peter Cowan
  • Cowan is the loathed paedophile murderer of Daniel Morcombe
  • Davidson was released from Woodford Correctional Centre on Tuesday
  • Cowan screamed in pain - and then Davidson threw the bucket at him?
  • 'I just wanted to hurt him... just wanted him to feel the pain,' Davidson said

This is the first look at the man who poured boiling water on loathed paedophile Brett Peter Cowan, who murdered Daniel Morcombe.

Former tattoo artist Adam Paul Davidson, 31, was released from jail in Brisbane's north on Tuesday after spending an extra year in custody for the crime.??

Davidson was serving a sentence for robbery and fraud when he tipped a mop bucket of scalding hot water on child killer Cowan's head inside Wolston Correctional Centre.?

While Cowan screamed in pain and asked Davidson 'why, why, why?', the younger inmate threw the bucket at him.?

'I did it boss,' Davidson told a prison officer after the attack.?

'Only me, no one else was involved. He had it coming. He is a f***ing grub.'?

Vigilante attacker: Adam Davidson, 31, is seen here on Wednesday, arriving at home on the day he was released on parole for his brutal attack on Brett Peter Cowan

Vigilante attacker: Adam Davidson, 31, is seen here on Wednesday, arriving at home on the day he was released on parole for his brutal attack on Brett Peter Cowan

'We are all precious human beings, it doesn't matter who we are,' Judge Dearden told Davidson, pictured
'I just wanted to hurt him ... just wanted him to feel the pain'

Davidson told police: 'I didn't want to kill him or nothing.... I just wanted to hurt him ... just wanted him to feel the pain'

'(I wanted him to) feel the pain somebody like Daniel Morcombe has felt,' Adam Davidson told police

'(I wanted him to) feel the pain somebody like Daniel Morcombe has felt,' Adam Davidson told police

Davidson later told police he had planned the assault for a month. 'I didn't want to kill him or nothing,' he said. 'I just wanted to hurt him ... just wanted him to feel the pain.

'Feel the pain somebody like Daniel Morcombe has felt.'

Daniel Morcombe disappeared near a bus stop on Queensland's Sunshine Coast in December 2003.?

Cowan was arrested almost eight years later and found guilty of murder, indecent treatment of a child and interfering with a corpse.

He had two previous convictions for sexually assaulting children and was jailed for life with a minimum term of 20 years.

The Queensland Supreme Court's Justice Roslyn Atkinson described Cowan's offending 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.

Davidson rejoined his family at home about 2pm after leaving Woodford Correctional Centre in the state's north.?

He had earlier reported to a parole office and Centrelink to prepare for life outside. He was moved from Wolston prison, in Wacol, after the attack occurred.

By the time Davidson was finished with him, Cowan looked like he'd come under a napalm attack.?

Davidson stepped free from Woodford Correctional Centre, north of Brisbane (pictured)

Davidson stepped free from Woodford Correctional Centre, north of Brisbane (pictured)

Cowan screamed 'why, why, why' after the scalding attack
Adam Davidson, pictured, did not respond to Cowan's screams at the time

Cowan (left) screamed 'why, why, why' at Davidson (pictured right), but received no answer from his prison mate

'I didn't want to kill him or nothing, I just wanted to hurt him...' Davidson told police?

'I didn't want to kill him or nothing, I just wanted to hurt him...' Davidson told police?

Davidson said he wanted someone to 'feel the pain somebody like Daniel Morcombe has felt'

Davidson said he wanted someone to 'feel the pain somebody like Daniel Morcombe has felt'

Cowan, then 46, received severe burns to his head, chest, stomach, back, arms and legs.

Last month District Court Judge Ian Dearden sentenced Davidson to three years' jail after he pleaded guilty to torturing the paedophile. He was ready for parole on Wednesday due to time already served.

Missing boy Daniel Morcombe: His killer, Brett Peter Cowan, had two previous convictions for sexually assaulting children

Missing boy Daniel Morcombe: His killer, Brett Peter Cowan, had two previous convictions for sexually assaulting children

Judge Deardon had told Davidson every person was entitled to be treated respectfully, no matter how appalling their crimes. 'We are all precious human beings, it doesn't matter who we are,' Judge Dearden said.

'You have no entitlement to act as a vigilante.'

Davidson does not have a long history of serious or violent crime but for the best part of a decade has been a regular in south eastern Queensland courts and in the news pages of the Toowoomba Chronicle.

In one of his less successful crimes, Davidson held up a bottle shop with his finger to pay off a debt to a bikie gang.

His mother Annette Fallbrown said her son suffered serious psychological problems and had been harming himself in prison in recent years.

His stepfather Mark Fallbrown said Davidson's offending started with driving offences.

'The chips were stacked against him too,' Mr Fallbrown said on the eve of his stepson's release.?

'He's got a lot of problems, mental problems, that go back a long way.

'I'm not defending Adam but if things were tackled in a different way maybe he wouldn't be in there and the whole Cowan thing wouldn't have happened.'

Back in 2010 Davidson was jailed for racking up $4000 in motel bills over two months when told he would need to wait three months for emergency public housing.

Davidson's stepfather Mark Fallbrown said his Adam's offending started with driving offences

Davidson's stepfather Mark Fallbrown said his Adam's offending started with driving offences

The Queensland Supreme Court's Justice Roslyn Atkinson described Cowan's offending as 'entirely abhorrent'?

The Queensland Supreme Court's Justice Roslyn Atkinson described Cowan's offending as 'entirely abhorrent'?

That fraudulent spree only came to an end when Davidson was arrested for driving while disqualified. That was his ninth driving offence in four years.

Davidson was jailed for seven months but half that sentence was suspended so he could attend the birth of his child.

Two years later the father-of-four was again charged with checking in and out of hotels without paying.

Davidson once robbed a bottle shop to repay a debt to the Bandidos bikie gang which had lent him money to start up a tattoo parlour.?

Sticking his finger in his pocket, Davidson told the attendant he had a gun and walked out with $600.

He called police to say he would hand himself in but then chose to spend time with his children and was arrested several days later.

Davidson's record features 11 counts of disqualified driving, five of drink driving and offences of fraud and dishonesty.

He would have remained a relatively unknown repeat offender were it not for his decision to attack one of Australia's most reviled murderers and paedophiles.?

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