The mystery surrounding the whereabouts of the remains of Australia’s most infamous criminal has finally been solved.
The headless remains of Ned Kelly have been formally identified, some 130 years after the iconic bandit was hanged for murdering three policemen.
Scientists used DNA from Kelly’s great great nephew, Leigh Olver, to identify bones in a mass prison grave.
Olver said: “I think a lot of Australians connect with Ned Kelly and they’re proud of the heritage. How can I not say he wasn’t a hero? Of course, in our family, he was a hero.”
The son of an Irish convict, Ned Kelly became famous for wearing home-made armour in shootouts with the police.
Numerous books and films have been made about his life.