One of Australia’s most wanted fugitives found hiding in the bottom of a boat

A series of images show the moment alleged bikie Mark Horne was discovered by police – clutching a vape – in the hull of the Sy Lady Azzura as it sailed out of Cullen Bay Marina in Darwin at 5.20pm on Wednesday.

“The team found the man hiding in the hull of the vessel,” NT Police Commander Matt Hollamby said.

Mark Horne was found in the hull of a yacht.
Mark Horne was found in the hull of a yacht. (NT Police)
Sydney fugitive Mark Horne found in the hull of Darwin boat.
Horne was arrested and taken into custody. (Supplied)

“We thought this was a little bit suspicious and it turned out it was who we thought it was.”

Horne was on bail and charged with shooting a truck driver during a robbery at Lithgow in 2020 when he went on the run last October, sparking a nationwide manhunt.

The 32-year-old allegedly cut off his ankle bracelet in an Uber at Riverwood before chartering a plane from Bankstown airport to Queensland.

Horne had surrendered his passport as a condition for his bail, but police at the time believed he was planning on fleeing overseas.

Sydney fugitive Mark Horne found in the hull of Darwin boat.
The Darwin boat where Horne was found. (Supplied)
Mark Horne has distinctive tattoos on his arms, leg and neck.
Mark Horne was on bail awaiting trial for the shooting of a truck driver. (NSW Police)

He was taken into custody after his discovery.

Horne is expected to face an extradition hearing in Darwin on Monday before being flown back to Sydney by NSW Criminal group detectives.

Police also arrested two other men – one from Queensland, the other from the UK.

Both have been charged with trying to help the fugitive escape the country.

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