I have been waiting to post about this ass-hole, but I also am pissed off with the mob up in NSW….Because after seven years after the fact NSW Police are slapping each others backs, and the NSW Government is delirious. WE GOT HIM….At what COST, and why the HELL did it take so long?
We have learnt today they had all the electronic gadgets set up all over the “Bush“ Well shit that’s a lot of bush, yet they tell us we had him in our sights way back last year with our gadgets…
They sent in hundreds of the best of the best, highly trained professionals to find him…
ZILCH recovery rate for years…They have taken precise efforts to make sure the media have been made aware he is a MASTER BUSHMAN whatever the hell that means…
I can say that without a doubt he did not have access to the millions of dollars of equipment in hi-tech gear the POLICE and ARMY and whatever else the government paid for, to CATCH him.
So why the delay? Why spend millions on one man for one (or more) crimes, when we have many other awful murders and well deserving investigations going by the wayside everyday?
Was it for all the sensationalism of hunting down some sort of RAMBO survivor, outwitting everyone that deserved more attention? Missing kids, Unsolved current Murders, White Collar Crimes, Paedophiles and snake bellies went on without charges, the list goes on…
Why not admit they failed, they missed their opportunities? NO…We have been “Following him” (ie chasing his tail as he moves on) for months…God help us, give this man a job when he serves his sentence, he is a genius that out witted the entire combined forces that spent millions chasing him over years…
UNFORTUNATELY it is not that simple. his mongrel has awful form for causing pain and suffering on many Australians. He has been charged with the MURDER of Kristy Scholes, 24, in December 2005. Many other crimes are have been pointed his way with hammering the nail into more than a few unresolved crimes.
My heart goes out to the family of Kirstie Scholes ( Of which was a cousin of Naden) and others he committed crimes against, but may I say the NSW POLICE force and their Government let you all down
update today 13/04/12
Whilst I bagged the coppers up there, it is great they have been able to coax some info out of Naden which has led them to search the Butlers Falls picnic area about five kilometres outside Dubbo.
For the sake of her family I hope they do find her remains and can finally lay her to rest in her rightful place.
Family’s tense wait as Naden talks, and police dig for a body
BEHIND the walls of the Goulburn ”Supermax” prison, Malcolm Naden has been talking.
As recently as Tuesday, police visited the accused murderer in his cell and heard enough to send them to a popular country picnic spot, digging for his cousin, mother-of-four Lateesha Nolan, who has not been seen for seven years.
After his arrest three weeks ago, Mr Naden was charged with killing Kristy Scholes, a 24-year-old mother-of-two who was found strangled in his bedroom six months after Ms Nolan went missing.
Mr Naden had fled and evaded police for 2466 days and nights.
During his time on the run, the former abattoir worker was repeatedly named by police as the prime suspect in the disappearance of Ms Nolan in January 2005. Her body has never been found.
Mr Naden has not been charged over the disappearance, but Ms Nolan’s family were yesterday hoping that, with the latest breakthrough, that situation would change.
Yesterday her father, Mick Peet, said he got ”a tingly feeling all through” when police told him of the development.
”It’s been seven years of wanting to know what happened to my daughter since she disappeared,” he said.
”So we’re just hoping that today will be the start of a bit of closure for me and the family.”
The Herald understands a lucid Mr Naden has struck up a rapport with two Strike Force Durkin investigators, leading them to the Butlers Falls picnic area about five kilometres outside Dubbo.
On the banks of the Macquarie River, the picnic area is popular with Dubbo residents both as a place for a family lunch and an isolated spot for late-night drinking parties and rendezvous.
Even Mr Peet, who now lives in Bundaberg, Queensland, recalled spending many nights with friends on the banks of the river.
By yesterday afternoon, what looked like a targeted slab of earth and river silt about 40 metres long had been lifted by excavators.
The work has been made more difficult by the 2010 Christmas floods that poured more than 15 metres of water over the digging zone, leaving tonnes of silt. It has also raised questions of what could have been dislodged and carried downstream.
The area has long been a place of interest to police. As the Macquarie River meanders towards Dubbo, it passes within a kilometre of the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, an open area zoo where Mr Naden was known to have hidden after Ms Scholes’s body was discovered and where he was first able to escape police.
Last October a wallet belonging to Ms Nolan was found on a riverbank between Butlers Falls and the Dubbo town centre.
In 2005 Ms Nolan’s car was found abandoned next to a Tamworth Street footbridge, the first crossing as the river snakes into town where people can access South Dubbo and West Dubbo.
Police declined to comment on the investigation.
The state’s most wanted man, Malcolm Naden, has been captured in a police operation near Gloucester, about 150km south-east of Tamworth, in northern New South Wales.
The arrest took place around midnight on Wednesday when officers from the Tactical Operations Unit and Dog Squad swooped on a private property.
Police say up to 20 heavily-armed officers from Strike Force Durkin crept through bushland after receiving intelligence that Naden was hole up in the area.
Assistant Commissioner, Carlene York, who led the operation to capture Naden, says the arrest marks the end of a very difficult and lengthy investigation and search operation.
She says the 38-year-old had previously broken into the property where he was finally apprehended.
“That was something that was quite common to his movements; going back to the same residences where he’d done break-and-enters over a period of years and often using similar tracks,” she said.
“It was the painstaking gathering of that evidence by my officers that assisted us in the successful operation late on Wednesday night.”
Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione, says he was extremely pleased to be told of the capture of Malcolm Naden.
He says the arrest could not have been achieved without the support of the people of Nowendoc, Niangala and the Barrington Tops who, he said, provided vital information to police over many months.
Commissioner Scipione says it was the phone call he’d been waiting for.
“Shortly after midnight I was contacted by the Deputy Commissioner of Field Operations, Nick Kaldas, and advised that Mr Naden was in custody, that no shots were fired and no one was injured during the course of that arrest,” he said.
Mr Naden was questioned at Taree Police Station before being taken to the Manning Base Hospital for treatment to an injured ankle after being bitten by a police dog during the operation.
Later on Thursday, he appeared at Taree Local Court where he was charged with the murder of Kristy Scholes, 24, in December 2005, shoot with intent to murder a police officer in Nowendoc and two counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Investigations into the disappearance of another woman, Lateesha Nolan, are continuing.
A convoy of police cars escorted Naden from Taree Local Court, transferring him to the Goulburn Correctional Centre where he’ll be held in maximum security until he re-appears at court on April 24.
The news of Naden’s capture has been greeted with relief by relatives of his alleged victims, landholders and community leaders.
The father of Lateesha Nolan, Mick Peet says his family has been waiting for this day for seven years.
“It’s unbelievable and it’s taken so long and we’ve been waiting for this day and I didn’t think it was going to come,” he said.
Gloucester farmer, Norman Carter, lives close to where Naden was caught and says it was disruptive knowing he was hiding out in the area.
“You couldn’t just run your property as normal and you needed to contact police because there was a heavy police presence in the area during the search,” he said.
“I thought the last thing I need to be doing is going out with firearms looking for wild dogs when they’re about looking for Malcolm.”
The Mayor of Gloucester, Geoff Slack, says Naden’s capture ends a tense time for locals, who did what they could to help police.
“If there was any information I know locals passed it on and I know some of it has been very valuable to police endeavours,” he said.
The massive manhunt for Naden began in the Nowendoc area in early December when police received a tip-off about a makeshift campsite in nearby bushland.
It was when police approached that camp that an officer was shot and wounded.
Since then, there have been sightings of Naden at Niangala and in the Barrington Tops area, with a number of landholders reporting thefts of firearms and ammunition.
The owner of the Nowendoc Country Motel, Lyn Henderson, says she’s relieved Malcolm Naden was captured without a shoot-out.
Police officers stayed at the motel in Nowendoc, about 100km south-east of Tamworth, when the hunt began in earnest for the 38-year-old fugitive in December 2011.
Lyn Henderson says, while most locals appeared not to worry, she says she’s pretty sure everyone will sleep better now.
“Most people didn’t know what he would do if he was cornered and the general feeling that most people had, was that anything could happen,” she said.
“I’m just relieved that he’s been caught and nobody else got hurt and there were no mishaps or anything.”
“Sure, he wasn’t arrested as soon as people would have liked and, sure, there were critics out there saying it had been messed up,” he said.
“But here we have a great result and when the story unfolds I think we’ll understand just how far policing has come in the 150 years we’ve had police walking the beat in NSW.”
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