Malcolm Naden
Malcolm Naden

Convicted killer Malcom Naden to spend rest of life in jail

UPDATE: Double murderer and former bush fugitive Malcolm Naden will spend the rest of his life behind bars for taking the lives of two young women and leading police on one of Australia's biggest man hunts.

Family members of victims, Kristy Scholes and Lateesha Nolan, clapped and shed tears as Justice Derek Price handed down the sentence in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday morning.

Naden, 39, murdered the two women within a six-month period at Dubbo in 2005.

Ms Nolan, Naden's cousin, had confronted him over child sex abuse allegations before she disappeared, while Ms Scholes' lifeless body was discovered in the bathroom of her home.

Describing the killing of Ms Scholes, as "cold-blooded, merciless and sexually motivated", Justice Price said the offending was so extreme that community interest in retribution, punishment, protection and deterrence could only be met by a sentence of life imprisonment.

While Ms Nolan's body has never been found, Naden has admitted to police he "felt nothing" when he strangled her to death and dumped her dismembered body on the banks of the Macquarie River.

Her father, Mick Peet, travelled from Bundaberg to see Naden jailed.

During the sentencing hearings he told the court he felt like his heart "stopped beating" when he learned his daughter was missing.

Following Ms Nolan's disappearance, Naden escaped into bushland.

That year, police came close to capturing him at the Dubbo Zoo but an armed Naden shot a senior constable in the shoulder and managed to escape again.

In the years that followed, farm houses around the Hunter Valley were raided for food and survival items.

The seven-year hunt finally ended when police surrounded a cabin at Gloucester and sent in police dog Chuck to pin Australia's most wanted man to the ground.

Naden would later tell police he felt "relieved" when Chuck bit him because it allowed him to feel pain again.

Up until Friday, the court had only heard from Naden via video recordings of police interviews.

As his sentence was handed down he simply said "thank you Your Honour".


Naden expected to be jailed for life when he fronts court

FIVE years after he murdered two young women and disappeared into NSW forest, former fugitive Malcolm Naden is set to be sentenced for the crimes that earned him the title of Australia's most wanted man.

The 39-year-old is expected to be jailed for life when he fronts the Sydney Supreme Court Friday morning.

During his sentencing hearings, the court has heard graphic details about the miserable deaths of Dubbo mother Kristy Scholes and Naden's cousin Lateesha Nolan.

The more disturbing elements were ordered not to be published.

Recorded interviews revealed Naden "felt nothing" when he killed the 24-year-old women and was "happy" when the police dog bit him on the day of his arrest because it allowed him to feel pain again.

The sentence is set down for 10am.