Snapshot of the NCA bombing case

Tim DorninAAP
A parcel bomb exploded in the office of the NCA, killing a policeman and severely injuring a lawyer.
Camera IconA parcel bomb exploded in the office of the NCA, killing a policeman and severely injuring a lawyer. Credit: AAP

THE BOMBING OF THE NCA OFFICE IN ADELAIDE

THE INCIDENT:

* On March 2, 1994, a parcel bomb exploded in the office of the National Crime Authority on the 12th floor of an office building in Waymouth Street, Adelaide.

* The blast killed investigator Detective Sergeant Geoffrey Bowen and severely injured lawyer Peter Wallis.

* The bombing has been one of South Australia's highest-profile cases, with a $1 million reward offered in 2008 for information leading to the conviction of the person or people responsible.

THE BOMBER:

* Domenic Perre was first charged with murder soon after the bombing but the case against him was dropped six months later because of a lack of evidence.

* The 65-year-old was arrested again in 2018 after a joint investigation, lasting more than two years, by a number of state and federal authorities including the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.

* He went on trial for murder and attempted murder in the Supreme Court in October 2020 after being jailed on drug trafficking charges unrelated to the bombing.

* After a near year-long trial and more than six months of deliberations, Justice Kevin Nicholson found him guilty on both charges.

* Perre will be sentenced at a later date.

THE TRIAL:

* The trial opened in October 2020 with the final evidence taken in June last year and the final defence submissions in August.

* There was no jury after Perre elected to be tried by judge alone.

* On the prosecution case the bombing was a personal attack on Sgt Bowen following the seizure of a multi-million-dollar drug crop in the Northern Territory in 1993.

* Perre's defence said he had continually denied involvement in the bombing and accused detectives of having "tunnel vision" during the entire 28-year investigation.

* Some elements of the case have been kept secret with the court issuing more than 30 suppression orders.

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