Australia’s Most Wanted Fugitive Caught

March 22, 2012 by staff 

Australia’s Most Wanted Fugitive Caught, After seven years on the run, Australia’s most wanted man was finally behind bars today following a police raid prompted by a tip-off. Malcolm Naden, whose survival skills and ability to outwit police evoked comparisons with 19th century bushranger Ned Kelly, went on the run in 2005, shortly after his 24-year-old cousin, Kristy Scholes, was found strangled.

For nearly seven years Malcolm Naden evaded police, hiding out in the steep, thickly-forested bush of northern New South Wales, living off the land and stealing food and weapons from rural properties.

Dishevelled, muddy and sporting a bushy beard, the 38 year-old appeared in court today barefoot and shackled, to be charged with Ms Scholes’s death, as well as the aggravated indecent assault of a 15-year-old girl.

Last seen just before Christmas, when he shot an officer as police closed in on his remote bush camp, Mr Naden was tracked to a house in Gloucester, 160 miles north of Sydney, early today. He tried to escape through a back door, but was bitten by a police dog and captured.

The former sheep shearer and abattoir worker had led police on a frustrating hunt, criss-crossing the remote and rugged Tablelands region, living off wild fruit and nuts and shooting wombats and wallabies. He also raided homes to steal supplies, and sheltered in farm buildings.

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