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The Hunted One no longer hunted -

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PETER CAVE: A fugitive whose been playing a game of cat and mouse game with New Zealand police for
more than 100 days, has finally been caught.

William Stewart - or Billy the Hunted One, as he likes to be known - had endeared himself to many
New Zealanders by stealing food from farmhouses and then leaving thank you notes.

There's been quite a few New Zealanders on the run lately.

A Kiwi couple is still missing after fleeing to Hong Kong with millions of dollars of Westpac's
money, after the bank mistakenly transferred it to their account.

New Zealand correspondent Kerri Ritchie reports

KERRI RITCHIE: Fugitive William Stewart had become a bit of a television star in New Zealand.

TELEVISION REPORTER: What is going on with Billy the Hunted One? It's 80 days since ...

KERRI RITCHIE: The 47-year-old had been running from police since February after threatening
officers with an iron bar.

He stole vehicles and food from farms; he broke into one shop and pinched 60 packets of cigarettes.

Despite his bad behaviour, in some New Zealand newspapers he was being likened to Ned Kelly and
written up as a "national hero".

A meat worker named Robbie Robertson composed a ditty about Billy.

ROBBIE ROBERTSON (Singing): You broken into premises for bags of food and such. You even carved a
message saying thank you very much. Well, you enjoy your freedom, we're looking out for you. So
listen William Stewart and I'll tell you what to do.

KERRI RITCHIE: But Billy is no longer being hunted - he was caught early this morning.

Police were called to a farm near Christchurch when a farmer disturbed an intruder trying to steal
his four wheel motorbike.

Malcolm Johnston is the policeman in charge of the area around Christchurch where William Stewart
has been hiding.

MALCOLM JOHNSTON: Once arrested, Mr Stewart was quite cooperative and quite talkative. Yeah, he
looked to us relatively healthy. I think he's probably had some sort of assistance along the way
but he looked reasonably healthy to us.

KERRI RITCHIE: Malcolm Johnston is delighted William Stewart's cat and mouse game with police is

MALCOLM JOHNSTON: Well, we've still got a number of unsolved crimes that are much higher priority
than Mr Stewart, they are still unsolved here in Canterbury, but there is a small sense of relief
that he has been captured because at the end of the day he has been out committing burglaries,
stealing vehicles. It's just good to have criminals put behind bars.

KERRI RITCHIE: Looking a bit worse for wear, William Stewart appeared in the Christchurch district
court this morning. He faced six charges, including dangerous driving and possessing cannabis. He
smiled at a few supporters in the public gallery.

Stewart's family have stuck by him through all of this. His cousin Judith James went on television
a few weeks ago to please with him not to give himself up. She believes the police have got it
wrong and Billy the Hunted One has a softer side.

REPORTER: What, none of it is true?

JUDITH JAMES: He is not violent.


JUDITH JAMES: He is not a violent person.

REPORTER: He has had a conviction for violence, hasn't he?


REPORTER: Does that not make him violent, Judith?

JUDITH JAMES: Well, he has never been violent towards us or anyone else. He was really good with
the older people and that.

PETER CAVE: Billy's cousin, Judith James, ending Kerri Ritchie's report.