Australia's Most Wanted Man Malcolm Naden is Detained

Malcolm Naden, who evaded a seven-year manhunt in Australia, is finally caught by police and has been charged with murder, among other offences.

Malcolm Naden, who evaded a seven-year manhunt in Australia, is finally caught by police and has been charged with murder, among other offences.

New South Wales state police officers escort a 38-year-old man after he was captured near Gloucester, about 220kms (137 miles) north of Sydney in this March 22, 2012 handout image.

The 38-year-old former abattoir worker was detained in a midnight raid after 20 officers with a dog squad surrounded a house in New South Wales.

Australia's most wanted man had been on the run since 2005 after allegedly killing a woman.

A bushcraft expert, he had repeatedly evaded police searches.

In December last year, police nearly caught him after surrounding what was believed to be his makeshift camp site near the village of Nowendoc. But he managed to escape.

A reward of A$100,000 ($103,000; £66,000) was offered then - the first time such a big bounty was used in Australia since the days of outlaw Ned Kelly in the 19th century.

Mr Naden has been charged with attempted murder for the shooting of a police officer during that December manhunt.

He was also charged with the murder of 24-year-old Kristy Scholes in 2005, and two counts of aggravated indecent assault on a 15-year-old girl in 2004.

Mr Naden, who was armed when police confronted him on Wednesday night, was bitten by a dog. He is reportedly ''in good health'' after being treated at a hospital, and remains in police custody, Australian media reported.