Malcolm Naden pleads guilty to 2005 murders
TODAY in the docks of the New South Wales Supreme Court, former fugitive Malcolm Naden pleaded guilty to a string of charges including the murder of Bundaberg man Mick Peet's daughter and her friend Kristy Scholes in 2005.
Those guilty pleas mark the end of one of the biggest manhunts and police cases in New South Wales history and the end of a traumatic eight years for Mr Peet and his family.
"I didn't get much sleep (the night before) wondering whether he would plead guilty or not guilty," Mr Peet said.
"I'm really glad we won't have to go through the long process of going through a trial now."
Naden was arrested in March last year after almost seven years on the run.
Naden will be sentenced for his crimes on April 24.
"I'll be going down for the sentence," Mr Peet said.
"It's been a long eight years and I'm sure there will be a lot of anger."
Mr Peet said the family was still coming to terms with losing Ms Nolan, a mother of four.
"This man has destroyed the lives of two 24-year-old girls, their entire families and his own family," Mr Peet said.
"Those children will never get to grow up with their mum they way they should have."
Ms Nolan's body has never been found despite extensive police searches with the help of Naden.
"I really want to find her remains and lay her to rest properly," Mr Peet said.
"I'm glad this will be over in another month."