‘Evil and barbaric’ bomber who killed a policeman and seriously injured a lawyer in National Crime Authority attack will ‘die in jail’ after sentencing
- National Crime Authority bomber Domenic Perre found guilty of murder in 1994
- Perre killed Det Sergeant Geoffrey Bowen in National Crime Authority bombing
- He was handed a life sentence with non parole extending until he’s 95-years-old
National Crime Authority bomber Domenic Perre will likely die in jail, a just outcome for an ‘evil’ man who committed a ‘horrific’ crime, relatives of his victims say.
Perre was sentenced on Friday after being found guilty of the murder of Detective Sergeant Geoffrey Bowen and the attempted murder of lawyer Peter Wallis in the 1994 Adelaide attack.
Supreme Court Justice Kevin Nicholson imposed the mandatory life sentence, and with the 65-year-old already in jail for drug offences, extended his non-parole period by just over 30 years.
The minimum jail team means Perre will be in his mid-90s before being eligible for parole and given his serious health issues, including heart problems and diabetes, is likely to die behind bars.
National Crime Authority bomber Domenic Perre (pictured) will likely die in jail after being found guilty of the murder of Detective Sergeant Geoffrey Bowen and the attempted murder of lawyer Peter Wallis in the 1994 Adelaide attack
Jane Bowen-Sutton (middle) said the sentence, along with the perseverance and hard work of investigators had ‘given justice to our beloved Geoff and Peter Wallis’
After watching from the public gallery, Sgt Bowen’s widow Jane Bowen-Sutton said the sentence, along with the perseverance and hard work of investigators, had ‘given justice to our beloved Geoff and Peter Wallis’.
‘Although our loss is immeasurable, this outcome goes towards bringing a quiet acceptability to our tragic loss,’ she said.
‘We hope that our beloved Geoff can now rest in peace.’
Sgt Bowen’s brother Simon said whether Perre’s non-parole period was appropriate would be discussed over the coming weeks.
‘But I’m glad that someone this evil is in prison and this person will remain in prison for what I believe will be the rest of his life,’ he said.
Genevieve Wallis, the daughter of Mr Wallis, said Perre’s jail term could never bring Sgt Bowen back or remove her father’s mental and physical scars.
‘But it is justice and it is retribution,’ she said.
‘It’s recognition of the suffering endured by the Bowens and the Wallis’s since Domenic Perre sent a bomb to the NCA.
‘This sentence allows our families to move forward.’
SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said the verdict and sentence in the Perre case was the result of the unrelenting efforts of investigators over many years.
Sgt Bowen (pictured) died from extensive injuries, including the loss of his left arm, when a parcel bomb built and sent by Perre exploded in his office in 1994
He also praised the civilian witnesses who testified at Perre’s near year-long trial, describing their evidence as crucial to securing the conviction.
‘We all take great comfort in the fact that Domenic Perre will die in jail,’ Mr Stevens said.
‘It’s certainly something that the families are very pleased with.
‘From a law enforcement perspective, we think this is a just outcome for the horrific crime he committed back in 1994.’
Sgt Bowen died from extensive injuries, including the loss of his left arm, when a parcel bomb built and sent by Perre exploded in his office.
Mr Wallis, who was standing nearby, lost an eye and suffered severe burns in the blast.
He died in 2018.