A former TV presenter was not found guilty of attempted murder after being accused of killing a Penthouse pet and her boyfriend with a package bomb.
Roberto de Heredia was on trial for allegedly sending an explosive in a shoe box to model Simone Cheung's home in Belrose in 1998.
The package was then picked up by Cheung & # 39; s friend, Brett Boyd, and exploded in his face. He lost a thumb and an eye in the explosion.
The Heredia, who was a presenter on the Foxtel Television Shopping network, allegedly aired the bomb after the couple's outage, which allegedly owed him $ 80,000.
After being charged three months later, the Heredia reportedly fake his own death, fled the country with a fake passport, and fled for 17 years.
Roberto de Heredia, a former presenter of the Foxtel Television Shopping network, was not found guilty of an attempted murder after being accused of murdering Penthouse Pet and her boyfriend with a package bomb in 1998
The Heredia allegedly emailed it explosively to bring Simone Cheung (left) and her then friend Brett Boyd (right) home in Belrose
Before his arrest, he was last seen on July 27, 1999, driving a blue four-wheel drive in Rose Bay, Sydney.
The police found the car days later in Kings Cross. Driver's seat and door were covered with blood, leading officers to believe he had died.
Boyd came in contact with the package that then exploded in his face causing him to lose and eye and thumb
However, an investigation by NSW police determined that the former TV presenter had reportedly stepped up the incident to fake his own death.
He was finally arrested in 2016 at Gatwick Airport in London after he flew in from Spain to visit his family.
The Heredia was tried in 2017, but that trial resulted in a hung jury.
This week The Daily Telegraph reported that a jury of six men and six women had not found him guilty after a deliberation.
The court heard that De Heredia's DNA was found on the stamps that were used to send the package and on a postal note.
His lawyer Grant Brady told the court that the Heredia fled from Australia because he was afraid of his life after Boyd was arrested because he was standing outside a police station with a machine gun while waiting for his release in 1999.
Boyd, who died in 2008, can be seen as evidence showing his injuries after receiving the package bomb
The man let his right thumb blow off while he also suffered facial scars
Boyd was seriously injured after the package exploded in his face and threw him more than 8 meters in the air.
He was almost blinded by the explosion, lost his left eye and 80 percent of the sight in his right eye, while he also lost his right thumb and had scars in his face.
The courts were told that Boyd, then 29, and Cheung – intended to use the $ 80,000 to create a & # 39; to set up.
Just a few weeks later, on July 7, an unknown shooter shot the Heredia in his shoulder and arm when he returned to his apartment in Sydney.
The courts were told that Boyd, then 29, and Cheung – were planning to use the money to create a & # 39; sex website & # 39; to set up
Boyd committed suicide in 2008.
The court also heard of a woman, Ros Switzer-Hewson, who had served with the Heredia at the time, who said he once asked her if super glue would hold nuts and bolts together, the publication reported.
She also claimed that he lied about where he was the night of the explosion.
It was discovered throughout the investigation that the Heredia had created at least two false identities and that passports were issued in the UK under the names Robert Valentine Shorthouse and Robert Jackson.
Allegedly he used passports regularly since 2011 to travel between England and Spain, where De Heredia had worked as a foreign currency trader in Spain.
Cheung pleaded guilty to importing methamphetamine in September 2016 and was sentenced to at least six and a half years' imprisonment.