Details behind Naden's arrest

MORE details of events before Malcolm Naden's appearance in Taree Local Court last Thursday have emerged.

As a result of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody, by law there are certain procedures that now have to take place once any Aboriginal person is taken into police custody in New South Wales to protect their rights.

Police must phone the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) and the person in custody can speak to an ALS lawyer. They are offered early legal advice and are given what is known as a 'well check' to ensure they are okay. This service is available through the Aboriginal Legal Service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Taree's Aboriginal Legal Service lawyer, Peter North was in Sydney the day one of Australia's most wanted men was captured and arrested on a property 30 kilometres west of Gloucester, so it was arranged for private solicitor Michael Jones to represent Naden.

It wasn't until after Naden's treatment in Manning Hospital between 11am and midday on Thursday and he was returned to Taree Police Station that he was officially charged.

The charges were: one count of murder (of a 24-year-old woman at Dubbo in June 2005); two counts of aggravated indecent assault of person under 16 (involving 15-year-old girl at Dubbo in 2004); and shoot with intent to murder (involving a police officer at Nowendoc on December 7, 2011).

After the short bail hearing, where bail was not applied for and was formally refused, the matter was adjourned until April 24. Audio visual link was ordered so Naden will remain in prison and appear in court on screen.

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