Naden trial set for February 1

Malcolm Naden. Pic: Carl Muxlow
Malcolm Naden. Pic: Carl Muxlow

A TRIAL date has been set for next year for accused killer and one-time elusive bushman Malcolm John Naden.

At an appearance in Central Local Court today, Naden formally waived his right for a committal hearing on murder charges in relation to the deaths of Kristy Scholes and his cousin Lateesha Nolan in 2005.

His waver of committal proceedings means the case will go straight to trial.

His next court appearance in relation to the murder charges is on February 1 next year.

He also is facing a string of break and enter charges as well as indecent assault on a girl and the attempted murder of a police officer in remote bushland in Nowendoc in 2011.

Those charges will return to court next month.

The former fugitive was captured by police in remote bushland near Gloucester on March 22 this year.

It was the end to more than seven years on the run for Naden during that time he is also accused of breaking into and hiding out in Dubbo’s Western Plains Zoo.

His capture was also the end of a mass manhunt which had been operating between Nowendoc and Gloucester since November last year.