Astonishing moment Australia’s most wanted man is found hidden in the hull of a YACHT allegedly trying to escape the country after ‘cutting off his ankle bracelet and fleeing Sydney on a private jet’

  • Mark Horne, 32, has been arrested by NT Police in Darwin
  • He was allegedly found in the hull of a yacht on Wednesday
  • Bikie associate allegedly on the run since October 

One of Australia’s most wanted men has been found allegedly trying to flee the country by hiding in the hull of a yacht. 

Pictured: Mark Horne, 32, who was arrested by NT Police officers on Wednesday 

Northern Territory Police’s Joint Organised Crime Taskforce allegedly found Mark Horne, 32, on the boat as it tried to sail from Cullen Bay Marina in Darwin late on Wednesday afternoon. 

The officers went onboard to perform a clearance check when the bikie associate was allegedly discovered lying below fuel tanks and pipes.   

Horne, from NSW, was on bail when he allegedly cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet in October and fled Sydney on a private jet from Bankstown Airport. 

Police believe he was taken to a regional airport before making his way to Queensland.  

At the time, Horne was awaiting trial for the alleged non-fatal shooting of truck driver and the theft of $550,000 in 2020. 

His bail conditions included being required to report to police daily, not associate with any Rebels bikies, observe a 9pm curfew, a $50,000 surety and wearing an ankle monitor.

Horne was allegedly found trying to flee the country in the hull of a yacht trying to depart Darwin

Horne was allegedly found trying to flee the country in the hull of a yacht trying to depart Darwin

Horne is pictured being taken into custody by NSW Police during a previous arrest

Horne is pictured being taken into custody by NSW Police during a previous arrest 

Horne also had to surrender his passport, with police believing he was planning to flee the country. 

He was taken into custody by NT Police and will face an extradition hearing in Darwin on Monday.

Officers also arrested two other men, aged 52 and 43, on the boat. 

NT Police Commander Matt Hollamby said the arrests signified ‘excellent work’ by the joint taskforce. 

AFP Commander Central Command Erica Merrin praised the quick response and diligent work of the Northern Territory Joint Organised Crime Taskforce investigators.

‘This incident demonstrates how organised crime has no borders, and highlights the importance of genuine interagency collaboration to keep our Australian community safe,’ Ms Merrin said. 

Police have been searching for Horne since he allegedly went on the run in October

He allegedly fled Sydney on a private jet

Police have been searching for Horne since he allegedly went on the run in October 

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