Fugitive brother of Newcastle United star arrested by battering ram-wielding police in Australia

The brother of Garang Kuol has been on the run from Australian police for almost a year after being accused of scamming elderly people.

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The fugitive brother of Newcastle United star Garang Kuol has been detained in a dramatic arrest by Australian police after months on the run from the law.

Kuol Mawien Kuol had been wanted by police Down Under ever since failing to show up in court on July 22 last year on charges of running an alleged bank scam against elderly Australians.

Detectives from Victoria Police's Gang Crime Squad finally closed in on the wanted man in Melbourne on Thursday as part of an investigation into fraud and drug matters. In dramatic footage obtained by Daily Mail Australia, detectives can be seen wielding a battering ram as Kuol is led away in handcuffs.

The suspect's 18-year-old brother Garang Kuol is yet to make an appearance for Newcastle United since joining in January, having been loaned out to Heart of Midlothian to gain more experience.

Kuol has been on international duty this month for the Australia under-23 set-up competing in the Maurice Revello tournament in France. It remains to be seen whether the teenager is in Eddie Howe's plans for the upcoming season or if he will be sent out on loan again.

Newcastle United star Garang Kuol is on international duty (Image: Getty Images)Newcastle United star Garang Kuol is on international duty (Image: Getty Images)
Newcastle United star Garang Kuol is on international duty (Image: Getty Images)

There is another Kuol brother, Alou Kuol, who is also a professional footballer. The 21-year-old plays for VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.

The arrested Kuol brother claims to manage the 'football affairs' of his two siblings and was seen partying with Alou aboard a yacht on Sydney's Darling Harbour in December.

The court heard that the fugitive had spent time in hospital while on the run with pancreatitis. He also suffers from Type 1 diabetes and anxiety.

According to reports, Kuol had become brazen on social media in recent weeks and had taunted Vicotria Police online as well as posting footage of him training at the gym.

Kuol Mawien Kuol appeared before Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Thursday where he was remanded in custody until August 8.