Aussie fugitive arrested in Darwin

A 37-year-old Australian man accused of stealing a $750,000 luxury boat in Thailand and sailing it to Australia has been arrested in the Northern Territory.

Owen Van Duren is accused of fleeing Thailand, where he had spent time in custody.

He fled after receiving bail and appealing a jail sentence for the brutal assault of two airline hostesses during a Thai Airways flight between Bangkok and Sydney last year.

Van Duren hired the 40-foot catamaran with his brother Shane, 43, of Canberra, on July 8 in Thailand.

The pair are alleged to have removed the tracker for the yacht before travelling more than 4000km to Australia and arriving in Darwin on August 19.

The hire company reported the vessel stolen.

Australian Federal Police and NT Police searched the yacht and seized documents when it arrived.

Van Duren was then extradited to Sydney where he was to also face police charges over the mid-flight assault.

However, Commonwealth prosecutors withdrew their charges with Thai authorities having already jailed him.

He was arrested at 12.30 am on Friday when he landed in Darwin by NT Police at the airport.

He was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a vessel and unlawful possession of property and was due to face a Darwin court on Friday.

Van Duren, who has no fixed Australian address, spent at least six months in jail in Thailand.

© AAP 2018

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