Owen Van Duren (pictured) is accused of fleeing Thailand, where he spent six months in custody
A 37-year-old Australian accused of stealing a $ 750,000 luxury boat in Thailand and taking him to Australia was arrested in the Northern Territory.
Owen Van Duren is accused of fleeing Thailand, where he spent six months in custody.
He fled after receiving bail and appealed a jail sentence for the brutal assault of two flight attendants during a Thai Airways flight between Bangkok and Sydney last year.
Van Duren allegedly hired the catamaran & # 39; Pina Colada & # 39; 40 feet with his brother Shane, 43, from Canberra, on July 8 in Thailand.
The brothers allegedly hired the Yacht Haven Marina catamaran, northeast of Phuket, and had to return it on the 21st of that month.
It is alleged that the couple has removed the yacht's tracker before traveling more than 4,000 km to Australia and arriving in Darwin on August 19.
Van Duren hired the catamaran & # 39; Pina Colada & # 39; of 40 feet with his brother Shane (pictured), 43 years old, from Canberra, on July 8 in Thailand
The rental company reported that the ship was stolen.
The Australian Federal Police and the New Jersey Police searched the yacht and confiscated documents when they arrived.
Van Duren was extradited to Sydney, where he would also face police charges for the mid-air assault.
However, Commonwealth prosecutors dropped their charges before the Thai authorities who had already imprisoned him.
He was arrested at 12:30 on Friday when he landed in Darwin by the NT police at the airport.
It is alleged that Van Duren took the 40-foot yacht from a marina near Phuket, before making the dangerous trip to Darwin.
He was charged with aggravated illicit use of a ship and unlawful possession of property and had to appear before a Darwin court on Friday, where he was denied bail.
NT News reported that Judge Michael Carey said Van Duren was "clearly fleeing from Thailand."
He said: & # 39; I have little doubt that if I grant him bail, he will disappear again & # 39;
Van Duren will return to court on October 12 and his attorney said that he will now contest the charges.
The brothers allegedly hired a 40-foot catamaran & # 39; Pina Colada & # 39; (pictured) from Yacht Haven marina.
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