Malcolm Naden's alleged crime trail

Malcolm Naden the night of his arrest.
Malcolm Naden the night of his arrest.

FROM a blood spatter in the south to a burglary in the north, Malcolm Naden's alleged stint across more than 150 kilometres of dense bush over at least five years has been revealed.

Court documents allege that the accused killer was responsible for break-ins at remote properties from Stewarts Brook, in the Barrington Tops to the east of Scone, to Bellbrook, west of South West Rocks, between March 2007 and his arrest last month.

Naden did not need to leave his high-security Goulburn prison cell yesterday as burglary was added to the list of allegations against the former abattoir worker and fugitive, who was already charged with murder, attempted murder and indecently assaulting a girl.

The 38-year-old was due to face Central Local Court via videolink yesterday, after his case was moved from Taree to Sydney at the last minute for reasons not aired in court.

And although 14 fresh charges of burglary were not formally before the court because the paperwork had been lost in transit from Taree, Strike Force Durkin investigators later confirmed the charges had been laid.

They include 11 counts of break, enter and steal, two charges of breaking into a house or building and stealing items worth less than $15,000, and another charge of entering a dwelling with intent to steal an item worth less than $60,000.

The first alleged burglary was at a property at Stewarts Brook, on the western edge of the Barrington Tops, in March 2007. It is alleged DNA from blood found next to a broken window matched Naden's profile.

By October the following year, police allege, Naden had travelled more than 150 kilometres to Bellbrook, north-west of Kempsey, where he allegedly broke into a property.

By June last year, Naden's movements had allegedly taken him to Birdwood, west of Port Macquarie.

He is also alleged to be responsible for three break-ins at Nowendoc properties in September and November last year and another three at Curricabark, near Gloucester, in November and December.

The final two burglary charges relate to alleged incidents last month at Moppy, where Naden was finally arrested, on March 22, after seven years on the run.

Court papers also revealed that there were two warrants out for Naden's arrest on charges he was supposed to face in Dubbo in 2004 over the alleged indecent assault of a 12-year-old girl that year.

Naden is also charged with the murder of Kristy Scholes at Dubbo between June 21 and June 23, 2005.

And he is further charged with shooting with intent to murder a police officer in the bush near Nowendoc on December 7 last year.

In court papers yesterday, Naden's address was mistakenly listed as being at the remote hut where he was arrested at Moppy, north-west of Gloucester, last month.

During the brief mention yesterday, Director of Public Prosecutions solicitor Kate Nightingale asked that the case be adjourned until June 7, to allow time for the remainder of the brief to be served.

Magistrate Julie Huber ordered that that be done by June 5, two days before the case returns to court.

Naden is also being investigated over the disappearance of his cousin Lateesha Nolan, who went missing months before Naden disappeared in 2005.

Detectives are digging along the banks of the Macquarie River near Dubbo to try to find Ms Nolan's remains. Naden provided police with information about her whereabouts.