Naden - surfing porn, drinking beer

IT is the closest police have come to capturing bush fugitive Malcolm Naden in the six years he has been on the run.

Two general-duties officers encountered him on an isolated property between Niangala and Nundle, south-east of Tamworth.

They either came face-to-face with the state’s most wanted man or spotted him from 50metres away – it depends on who’s telling the story.

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What is certain is that they quickly went for their guns.

The absent property owner had reported a break-in after noticing the homestead’s computer had been used to access pornography and other websites on Wednesday.

It was an hour’s drive from where the search had been concentrated for Naden, a suspected double murderer with a $250,000 bounty on his head.

‘‘The officers drew their weapons when they saw a person outside the property,’’ a police spokesman said. ‘‘The person went inside, and has then fled and hasn’t been seen.’’

Police found Naden’s fingerprints and a rifle believed to have wounded a police officer a fortnight ago. And there was evidence of his penchant for beer, but no sign of Naden since.

They must have got a decent look at him because police yesterday issued a new description.

Walcha car dealer Peter Norbury alerted police that someone was in his isolated weekender between Niangala and Nundle.

‘‘You don’t have to be Einstein to work out who it might have been,’’ he said yesterday.

Mr Norbury can remotely access the computer in the weekender, but it was actually his brother who alerted him to the fact someone was online.

‘‘My brother contacted me about 6.15 on Wednesday morning and told me to check the computer,’’ he said

If it was the state’s most wanted man Malcolm Naden, there was confirmation yet again of his love of beer.

‘‘I haven’t been down to have a look at the place yet,’’ Mr Norbury said, ‘‘but the police said he’d been drinking beer.’’

And surfing pornography websites it seems.

That’s what the log of the computer’s online activity turned up.

Mr Norbury was coy on claiming the $250,000 reward on offer for Naden.

‘‘They haven’t found him yet,’’ he said.

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