Empey arrested in NSW

POLICE have arrested missing serious offender and registered sex offender Christopher Empey, who has been on the run for more than five weeks.

The 46-year-old was arrested late afternoon on Wednesday at Tin Mine Hut in the Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales.

Empey appeared at the Queanbeyan Local Court on Thursday morning, where Victorian detectives applied for his extradition.

Empey was convicted in November 2003 of brutally raping and stomping on the head of his then 30-year-old colleague in the stairwell of a Southbank apartment building the previous July.

The woman that he attacked was found covered in blood, with facial fractures, a partly-severed right ear, brain damage and serious genital injuries. She lost two litres of blood.

He was released from prison in 2015 and finished his parole.

Police had moved to place him on a serious sex offenders order and also list him on the sex offenders register so he could continue to be monitored.

The day the court was going to put the order in place, on November 23, Empey disappeared.

He took $10,000 from his safe and then cut off his GPS tracker.

Police believe he had initially been hiding out in the Victorian High Country.