Malcolm Naden, one of Australia's most wanted fugitives, has been captured.
Malcolm Naden, one of Australia's most wanted fugitives, has been captured.

Naden charged with murder

HOMICIDE Squad detectives have charged Malcolm Naden with the murder of a woman at Dubbo, in western New South Wales, almost seven years ago.

Kristy Scholes, 24, was found dead in a bedroom of a house in Bumblegumbie Road, Dubbo, on 23 June 2005.

Strike Force Durkin was established to investigate Ms Scholes' murder, as well as the disappearance of local mother-of-four, 24-year-old Lateesha Nolan, five months earlier.

Late in 2011, investigators received information their Naden was hiding out in rugged terrain in the Gloucester and Nowendoc areas.

Extensive specialist policing resources were deployed to the region and a search operation launched.

A male police officer involved in that operation was shot at a bush campsite near Nowendoc on 7 December last year.

Acting on information received, police attached to the Tactical Operations Unit and Dog Unit surrounded a private property near Gloucester just after 12am today (Thursday 22 March 2012).

38-year-old Naden was arrested a short time later and taken him to Taree Police Station.

He was questioned and subsequently charged with:

  • Murder (incident involving 24-year-old woman at Dubbo in June 2005);
  • Two counts of aggravated indecent assault of person under 16 (incident involving 15-year-old girl at Dubbo in 2004); and
  • Shoot with intent to murder (incident involving police officer at Nowendoc on 7 December 2011).

He was refused bail to appear in Taree Local Court yesterday.