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Court hears chilling details from letter penned by killer

Malcolm Naden
Malcolm Naden

DISTURBING excerpts from a letter penned by confessed murderer Malcolm Naden about the killing of his cousin and his time as Australia's most wanted fugitive have been heard for the first time in court.

Sporting a shaven head, long beard and dressed in prison greens, Naden appeared detached and bored in the NSW Supreme Court as part two of his sentencing hearing for the murders of Lateesha Nolan and Kristy Scholes continued before a packed gallery in Sydney.

The court heard that shortly after he was captured, Naden produced a hand-written letter in his cell, in which he confessed to the murders and spoke at length about his feelings.

While Justice Derek Price ordered the more horrific and graphic details from the statement be suppressed, one of the men who has had the most contact with Naden since his arrest, painted a chilling picture of their meetings.

Psychiatrist David Greenberg described Naden as a confused "loner by nature" with psychopathic traits who had once claimed he was "a serial killer" and as recently as last week laughed off the suggestion he had ever killed anyone.

He said Naden told him that when a police dog bit him on the day he was captured he was "glad" because it allowed him to feel pain again.

In the letter Naden described feeling "an emotional numbness and dissociation from humans" following the murders.

When asked by Naden's barrister if he accepted that after Naden "went into the bush" he had no time to contemplate what he had done because he was focussed on living day to day, covering territory and finding food, Mr Greenberg said feelings of detachment "seemed to pre-date" the offending.

He said Naden had told him "he felt nothing" when he murdered Ms Nolan and at a later time said he had killed her because he "didn't like her".

Some of the victim's family members present at Thursday's hearing were warned from the start that the evidence could be distressing but all chose to stay.

Last week many told the court how the deaths of their loved ones had impacted their lives.

Bundaberg's Mick Peet, Lateesha's dad, looked at Naden and said "she was my family...you took away her future".

The hearing continues.

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