Gang member on run arrested

Last updated 09:10 08/09/2011
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LEON WILSON: Tattooed his name on his partner's head before he murdered her.

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An armed, dangerous gang member who was on the run from police was found hiding in a wardrobe.

Black Power member Leon Colin Wilson was arrested in Huntly overnight. He was wanted by police for breaching his parole.

Police were hunting Wilson yesterday, warning the public not to approach him as he was armed, dangerous and had an "extensive" criminal history.

Wilson was jailed for murder in 1996 when he stabbed his former partner Leonie Newman 28 times, after savagely beating and strangling her.

Prior to the murder, Wilson had tattooed "property of Leon" on Newman's face, leaving her ashamed to go out in public.

Wilson claimed her last words to him were: "You were the only man I ever loved".

Senior Sergeant Pete Simpson of the Huntly police said the arrest came after a good public response to media coverage about Wilson.

"Police received information from the public yesterday following widespread media coverage that he was wanted, officers went to the address and found the man hiding in a wardrobe.

"There is no doubt the prompt relaying of information played a major part in the recapture of this man and it is a good example of the police and the community being able to work together to achieve a successful outcome."

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