Australia’s most wanted man Graham Potter arrested in Far North Queensland after 12 years on the run – What We Know!

Australia's most wanted man Graham Potter arrested in Far North Queensland after 12 years on the run

Australia’s most needed man has been captured by police in Far North Queensland after spending greater than a decade on the run.  

Graham Gene Potter was arrested on Monday at Ravenshoe, 120km south east of Cairns, on excellent costs for conspiracy to homicide in addition to federal drug costs. 

The fugitive has been needed by authorities for 12 years after allegedly failing to look at Melbourne Magistrates Court docket in February 2010 on costs of conspiracy to homicide. 

On the time, Potter was linked with Victorian and New South Wales organised crime figures. 

Graham Gene Potter (pictured in 2009) is Australia’s most needed man. He’s needed for 2 counts of conspiring to homicide. Potter served 15 years in jail for murdering Kim Barry in 1981

‘Appearing on data obtained, Tablelands Detectives, uniformed police and the Cairns Canine Squad attended an Ascham Avenue residence at roughly 8:45am the place the 64-year-old was positioned and brought into custody,’ Victoria Police mentioned.

‘Detectives from Victoria Police will now journey to Queensland to see Potter’s extradition.’ 

There had been a number of suspected sightings of Potter throughout the nation since his disappearance, together with in Tully, simply south of Cairns, in 2011.

That very same yr a $100,000 reward was issued for data resulting in his arrest.

He’s anticipated to look earlier than Mareeba Magistrates Court docket on Tuesday February 22. 

Dramatic footage of the arrest launched by Queensland Police exhibits Potter being surrounded by officers inside a rubbish-filled shed.

He will be seen climbing down from a dilapidated bunk-bed onto steel cages as officers storm the room. 

Potter was wanted on outstanding charges for conspiracy to murder as well as federal drug charges

Potter was needed on excellent costs for conspiracy to homicide in addition to federal drug costs

‘Keep there. Don’t transfer,’ an officer yells.

‘That is the police. Don’t transfer. Put your palms the place I can see them.’

Potter, wanting dishevelled in a gray t-shirt and shorts and overgrown beard, abides by their calls for and is handcuffed earlier than being marched exterior and positioned inside a police car.  

Discarded packing containers and stacks of newspapers had been strewn across the room the place Potter was discovered, subsequent to animal cages, plagued by soiled meals bowls. 

A white kitten may very well be seen roaming across the run-down outhouse as officers took the fugitive exterior. 

Potter was certainly one of three charged over the alleged deliberate murders of two males, together with an affiliate of underworld determine Mick Gatto, associated to disputes inside a drug syndicate.

Potter was additionally needed on federal drug costs for a file 4.4-tonne ecstasy haul, which concerned 15 million tablets being smuggled in tinned tomatoes in 2008.

Police have carried out a major variety of searches and public appeals over the previous 12 years in an effort to seek out him.  

Pictured: Kim Barry, 19, who was murdered by Potter in 1981

Pictured: Kim Barry, 19, who was murdered by Potter in 1981 

The convicted assassin, who has an intensive felony historical past, was dubbed Australia’s ‘primary fugitive’ by Victoria Police performing assistant crime commissioner Paul De Santo in 2017. 

Potter was jailed for all times in 1981 for the homicide of teenager Kim Barry, 19, in Wollongong, after he beat her and lower off her head. 

Then a 23-year-old coal miner, Potter knew Kim from dance courses they each took and bumped into her on the Crown Gardens disco in Keira Avenue, Wollongong, throughout his buck’s night time on February 6, 1981.

The pair went again to Potter’s Corrimal flat the place he bashed her to loss of life earlier than returning to the disco. Police consider Kim could have rejected Potter’s sexual advances.

The subsequent morning Potter used a hacksaw to chop off Kim’s head and fingers.

Her physique was discovered close to a mountain lookout at Jambaroo and her head and fingers had been positioned inside a rubbish bag about 1km away three weeks later.

He was launched in 1996 after serving simply 15 years. 

There have been dozens of sightings of Potter over the previous 12 years, together with in Queensland, the Riverina in NSW, and round components of the NSW-Victoria border.