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Dominic Perre found guilty of bombing National Crime Authority in Adelaide in 1994

Bomber found guilty of murdering cop in horrific office building attack that left lawyer without his eye as nearly 30-year investigation ends

  • Domenic Perre was found guilty of bombing the National Crime Authority
  • The judge deliberated over the mountain of evidence for more than nine months
  • The huge explosion killed a police officer and left a lawyer without his eye

The man charged with bombing the National Crime Authority’s Adelaide office, killing a police officer and seriously injuring a lawyer has been found guilty of both murder and attempted murder.

In the South Australian Supreme Court, Judge Kevin Nicholson on Thursday handed down his sentences against Domenic Perre, who is already behind bars for drug offences.

Detective Geoffrey Bowen and attorney Peter Wallis were killed in the 1994 bombing.

Sergeant Bowen died of horrific injuries, including the loss of his left arm, while Mr Wallis lost an eye and suffered severe burns.

Perre pleaded not guilty to the murder of Sgt Bowen and the attempted murder of Mr Wallis in his month-long trial that was led only by the judge.

Dominic Perre has been found guilty of bombing the National Crime Authority

Dominic Perre has been found guilty of bombing the National Crime Authority

Shortly after the bombing, he was first charged with murder, but the case against him was dropped six months later due to lack of evidence.

The 64-year-old was arrested again in 2018 after more than two years of joint investigation by a number of state and federal authorities, including the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.

Prosecutors claimed the bombing was a personal attack on Sgt Bowen.

They said Perre’s animosity towards him had increased because of their interactions following the seizure of a multimillion-dollar cannabis crop in the Northern Territory in August 1993.

Perre chose not to testify, but his defense team said the investigation into the bombing was plagued with tunnel vision.

Lead attorney Gilbert Aitken told the court that in the eyes of SA detectives, only Perre had motive to make and ship the bomb.

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