One of NSW’s most wanted fugitives has been taken into custody following a dramatic arrest in Darwin on Wednesday evening when he was found hiding in the hull of a yacht.
Mark Horne, 32, was out on bail and was due to stand trial for his alleged involvement in the shooting of a lorry driver and the theft of $550,000 in cash from the driver in the NSW Blue Mountains in September 2020.
Police allege Horne was riding in the back of an Uber in southern Sydney when he cut off his ankle-guard bracelet and disappeared last October.
After a manhunt, Australian Border Force officers boarded the yacht, which attempted to depart from Darwin’s Cullen Bay Marina late on Wednesday.
The officers found Horne hiding in the fuselage. Two other men, aged 52 and 43, were also arrested.
Horne now faces an extradition hearing in Darwin on Monday.
Northern Territory Police Chief Matt Hollamby praised the results of the investigation into his disappearance.
“The excellent work of our collaboration with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Border Force, Australian Federal Police and other agencies means that one of the country’s most wanted fugitives is now in custody,” he said.