Plea to suspect to reveal location of victim’s head

Jonathon Stenberg … in police custody leaving Darwin Magistrates Court today. Jonathon Andrew Stenberg.
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Stenberg’s gear … Northern Territory police released these images of the equipment Stenberg carried.

Hideout … an image released by NT police of a gun that was found.

The family of a NSW man decapitated in his riverside home are “overjoyed” at the capture of a man wanted over the killing.

But they won’t rest until Mr Kelly’s missing head is found so the talented artist and bird lover can have a proper send off.

“I am so happy I’m having trouble breathing,” Mr Kelly’s niece, Tanya, said when Northern Territory police captured Jonathon Andrew Stenberg yesterday after a six-day manhunt.

Northern Territory tactical officers found Mr Stenberg hiding in a bush camp just after 3pm yesterday.

He was armed but was taken into custody without incident, said the commander, Richard Bryson.

Earlier today Mr Stenberg faced Darwin Magistrates Court where his extradition hearing was adjourned until tomorrow afternoon.

Mr Stenberg stands accused of decapitating 54-year-old Edward “Ned” Kelly in the northern NSW hamlet of Broadwater on June 21.

“We’re all so happy, we nearly hyperventilated,” said Tanya, whose mother is Mr Kelly’s older sister. “We’re just so relieved. It’s been very, very hard trying to deal with all of this.”

The family has pleaded with Mr Stenberg to reveal where Mr Kelly’s head is.

Police found his body with a hat placed where the head should have been. They have searched Mr Kelly’s five-acre property and several dams and creeks for the head.

Tanya, who did not want her surname published, said they would like to have it when they cremate Mr Kelly later this month.

She said Mr Kelly would be remembered as a colourful man who loved to create artworks and feed birds on his property.

He planted hundreds of trees and dug dams for animals to feed from.

Mr Kelly didn’t work and kept largely to himself, she said.

“A lot of people are good at watercolour or good at oil. He was good at everything,” she said.

“He’d pick up bits of rubbish and make them into beautiful sculptures. He’d make Christmas decorations out of aluminium cans and decorate the house. We used to always say he went through more wheelbarrows and shovels than Bunnings do. He was always doing something on his property.”

Mr Stenberg owned a piece of land that backed onto Mr Kelly’s property and it is believed they had clashed in the past.

“They got on like a house on fire at one stage but then they fell out,” Tanya said.

She said her mother was devastated by Mr Kelly’s death and has spent today cleaning out his house.

She hopes to hold an art show to sell some of his artworks and donate the proceeds to a charity that looks after native birds.

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