Malcolm Naden
Malcolm Naden

Families of Naden's alleged murder victims speak in court

FAMILY members of former fugitive Malcolm Naden's victims have told the Sydney Supreme Court how the murders of their loved ones changed their lives forever.

Naden, who was captured in remote bushland last year following seven years on the run, has pleaded guilty to the murders of Kristy Scholes and his cousin Lateesha Nolan.

Lateesha's father, Mick Peet, travelled from Bundaberg to tell the court how Naden had breached his daughter's trust.

Looking at Naden, who failed to meet the eye of any of the 40 family members present, Peet said "she was my family...you took away her future".

Statements were also read on behalf of the victims' children.

Lateesha's children never saw their mother again after they were dropped off at a relative's home at Dubbo in 2005.

Her body has never been found.

The week Naden fled town, Kristy was found dead in her home.

Yesterday's emotional process formed the first part of Naden's sentencing hearing.

He will return to court next week and will be sentenced at a later date.


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