'Here to hunt Ned Kelly'
THE MAN wanted for the beheading of Broadwater man Edward "Ned" Kelly told a patron at the Broadwater Hotel he was "here to hunt Ned Kelly."
Broadwater Hotel publican Dave Raymond told the Northern Star Jonathon Andrew Stenberg spent more than two hours at the hotel on the afternoon of Sunday, June 17, and a told local man name John: "by the end of the week Broadwater will be full of police."
Barman Ron Wilson said he spent about two hours talking to Stenberg, who bought a carton of beer, played pool and drank with a couple of locals.
Mr Wilson said during the conversation he seemed unusually polite and very confident of himself, soft-spoken and gentle. He was asking a lot of questions and let it slip that he "owned a block at Broadwater down the road".
"He asked me if I was a biker and who I rode with and I said I didn't ride with anyone," he said.
After about two hours, Stenberg approached John, told him he was "here to hunt Ned Kelly" and pulled out a pistol.
"He pulled a pistol out and told John he had the toolboxes on his ute full of guns, full of rifles," Mr Wilson said.
"He said the fellow they thought was Stenberg showed him police identification and started naming local names he knew.
"He said by the end of the week Broadwater will be full of police."
Mr Wilson said John was very shaken for several days after the encounter.
Stenberg's resume lists his significant military service including time as a Lance Corporal in the engineering regiment.
The Brisbane-based man claims to be qualified in the use of several weapons including a light machine gun and the Australian army's main combat weapon the Steyr rifle.
Stenberg has also trained in unarmed combat and is an expert in first aid.
Following his army ex- perience Stenberg graduated from Queensland TAFE in 2007 after completing a Certificate Four in building.
Since then he has been involved in several large construction jobs including a multi-million-dollar development at Port Douglas with his construction company Jaxco.
A former associate of Stenberg, who didn't want to be named said: "He's a good worker but he's a little bit crazy.
"It's not hard for him to flip out.
"I just can't imagine him hacking off someone's head though."
Background to the killing
- Stenberg is known to own property at Broadwater.
- He went to Broadwater pub on Sunday, June 17 telling a local "he was here to hunt Ned Kelly".
- Police found Kelly dead at 4.30pm on Thursday, June 22 and established a crime scene.
- After driving more than 3500 km, five days after Kelly was found dead, Jonathon Stenberg's Mazda Ute is found disguised in the Cox Peninsula region of Darwin with a rifle on board.
- The trip north would take four days of driving 10 hours a day to reach Darwin from Broadwater.