Australia’s most wanted man is dragged through airport in handcuffs after his alleged plan to flee the country was foiled at the last moment
- Mark Horne paraded through Sydney airport in handcuffs
- He was arrested hiding in a yacht after fleeing while on bail
- The bikie associate is facing theft and shooting charges
Australia’s most wanted man has been marched through Sydney Airport in handcuffs after he was arrested while allegedly trying to flee the country in the hull of a yacht.
Mark Horne, 32, had been on the run for months when he was allegedly found hiding among fuel tanks and pipes on the Sy Lady Azzura at Darwin’s Cullen Bay Marina last Wednesday as the boat set sail for a destination in Asia.
It’s understood Horne was wearing the same shirt he was arrested in when he was escorted through Sydney Airport by NSW police officers about 6pm on Tuesday, after an expedition hearing in Darwin last week.
The bikie associate, from NSW, was on bail when police claim he cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet in October.
He is then believed to have fled Sydney on a private jet from Bankstown Airport.
Police believe he flew to a regional airport before making his way to Queensland.
Mark Horne, who was one of Australia’s most wanted fugitives, is pictured being escorted through Sydney Airport by NSW police officers
Horne, pictured being escorted by NSW police, had been the subject of a massive manhunt after he allegedly fled while on bail over shooting and robbery charges
Horne, pictured with police, had been awaiting trial for the alleged non-fatal shooting of truck driver and the theft of $550,000 during a robbery in the NSW town of Lithgow in 2020
Horne had been awaiting trial for the alleged non-fatal shooting of truck driver and the theft of $550,000 during a robbery in the NSW town of Lithgow in 2020.
His bail conditions included being required to report to police daily, not associate with any Rebels bikies, observe a 9pm curfew, offer a $50,000 surety and wear an ankle monitor.
Horne had allegedly left his home at Arncliffe, in southern Sydney, in an Uber about 6.15am on October 21 and cut off his ankle bracelet in the back seat before chartering the plane from Bankstown.
Horne was allegedly found trying to flee the country in the hull of a yacht leaving Darwin
His disappearance led to a nationwide manhunt with NSW police coordinating with counterparts in other states and at the federal level.
Horne will face court in Sydney on Wednesday.
NT Police Commander Matt Hollamby said the arrest last Wednesday signified ‘excellent work’ by a joint organised crime taskforce, which included the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Border Force, and Federal Police.
Australian Border Force Commander Budhy Tanddo said it showed how well different agencies work together to combat organised crime.
TIMELINE OF MARK HORNE’S ARREST
September: Mark Horne allegedly shoots a man in NSW. He is arrested and charged then released on bail under strict conditions.
October: Horne is last seen getting into a Hyundai Getz in Riverwood, in Sydney’s south. The vehicle is last spotted travelling down the M5 Motorway.
Police will allege the vehicle was an Uber and Horne cut off his ankle monitoring bracelet in the backseat to give himself a head start when he was dropped off.
He then makes his way to Bankstown Airport where he allegedly boards a private jet to fly to a regional town in NSW.
Police believe he then made his way from there into Queensland.
January 25: NT Police Joint Organised Crime Taskforce investigate a ship due to leave Darwin and allegedly find Horne hiding in the hull. He is arrested and an extradition hearing is scheduled.
January 31: Horne is marched through Sydney Airport in handcuffs as he returns to NSW to face court