Aussie ‘bush’ killer given life sentence

AFP-JIJI

A man who eluded police for seven years by living in the harsh Australian bush was Friday sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murders that prompted his life on the run.

Malcolm Naden, the nation’s most wanted fugitive until his capture in a remote cabin in northern New South Wales in early 2012, had pleaded guilty to strangling two young mothers, Kristy Scholes and his cousin Lateesha Nolan, in separate incidents.

NSW Supreme Court Justice Derek Price said the 39-year-old former abattoir worker, who the court heard had told a forensic psychiatrist he had dreamed of killing since he was 12, had a high risk of future violent crime.