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Beheading murder suspect in court

Some of the equipment Stenberg took to allow him to survive an extended period in the bush.
Some of the equipment Stenberg took to allow him to survive an extended period in the bush. Northern Territory Police

UPDATE: THE MAN wanted for beheading Broadwater's Edward 'Ned' Kelly appeared in Darwin Magistrates Court this afternoon.

Jonathon Stenberg was flanked by five police officers when he appeared briefly in court.

The case against him was adjourned until tomorrow to allow time for NSW Homicide Squad detectives to travel to Darwin to apply for his extradition to face the charge of murder.

Due to his mental state Stenberg has been marked 'at risk' by Northern Territory police.

The 46-year-old ex-solider was captured yesterday afternoon by Territory Response Group (TRG) officers in bushland near Berry Springs, 50km south of Darwin.

He had been on the run for six days.

07:00: THE MANHUNT for the beheading suspect of Broadwater's Edward 'Ned' Kelly ended after six days yesterday with Northern Territory police capturing fugitive Jonathon Stenberg.

The 46-year-old ex-solider was captured at 3.08pm by Territory Response Group (TRG) officers in bushland near Berry Springs, 50km south of Darwin.

Northern Territory Police Crime Commander Richard Bryson said 10 TRG officers involved in Operation Inferno were sweeping bushland when they located Stenberg at his "elaborate concealed camp set-up".

"He was armed but surrendered without incident," he said.

Stenberg had a rifle and two handguns.

Cmdr Bryson said police believe Stenberg may have remained in that location since the manhunt began last Tuesday and that information from the public proved invaluable.

"Without the information from the public it would have made our jobs harder... it was the information from the public that gave us the confidence that we had the right area," he said.

For most of the manhunt the search focused on a 45sq km area of Berry Springs with police establishing road blocks and locking down streets while officers from the TRG and Northern Territory police, along with the dog squad and police helicopters searched for Stenberg.

Cmdr Bryson said Stenberg was equipped to spend some time in the bush.

"He had a number of items indicating he was able to maintain his existence for quite some time."

He commended the TRG officers who caught Stenberg, saying they did not use force in the arrest.

"The TRG members are a highly trained unit, they train for this; when they located Mr Stenberg, they responded in the professional manner we have come to expect. There has been no injuries to the public and no injuries to our officers. I am extremely proud of the work done."

Stenberg underwent a medical assessment yesterday afternoon before being questioned by police.

He will appear in Darwin Magistrates Court today where the NSW Homicide Squad will commence extradition proceedings.

Stenberg fled Broadwater and was spotted near Berry Springs, sparking a manhunt four days after police located Mr Kelly's decapitated body on Thursday, June 19, in the kitchen of his River St home with a hat where his head would have been.

Topics:  decapitation edward kelly fugitive jonathon stenberg murder



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