A history of violence
THE MAN wanted for the beheading of Broadwater man Edward "Ned" Kelly has previously been charged with assaulting him.
Jonathon Andrew Stenberg bought a 1.2ha property on Simmons St at Broadwater in 2008 which backed onto Mr Kelly's family property.
Mr Kelly's niece exclusively told The Northern Star her uncle and Stenberg had a history dating back more than four years.
She said for this reason she was puzzled when she heard Stenberg had announced he was "here to hunt Ned Kelly".
"He knew where Uncle Ned lived because they were neighbours, so it's not like he had to hunt him," his niece said.
"His property borders the back of our family property.
"I know that when they first met each other they got on like a house on fire."
But she said about three years ago the trouble between the pair started.
"Three years ago John actually did assault my uncle so it wasn't the first time there was violence between them," she said.
"Apparently they were sitting there around the fire having a great old time and another friend of ours left and then Uncle Ned showed up on his doorstep a couple of hours later covered in blood.
"John had beaten him up with a piece of wood."
Mr Kelly's niece said trouble flared again between the pair on the Sunday before her uncle's death, with the neighbours "exchanging words".
"Uncle Ned's partner said he had called her on Sunday saying John was at it again," she said.
"She told him to just stay away from him."
Mr Kelly's niece said the family was still to be advised when the coroner will return her uncle's body.
She said the family was planning to have a funeral and wake for Mr Kelly at Broadwater in July when a good mate of Mr Kelly's returns to the town.
Instead of the usual donations of flowers, Mr Kelly's niece asked that people donate money that the family will donate to a bird charity, probably the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
She said as her uncle was a huge advocate for birds, that's what he would have wanted.
Donations can be made at the Commercial Hotel, Broadwater, phone 02 6682 8266 for banking details for the fund or call in and hand your donation to the staff.