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National Crime Authority attacker Domenic Perre is likely to die in jail, a fair outcome for an “evil” man who committed a “horrible” 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 offenses, he extended his non-parole period by just over 30 years.
The minimum jail equipment means that Perre will be in his 90s before he is eligible for parole and given his serious health problems, including heart problems and diabetes, he is likely to die behind bars.
National Crime Authority attacker Domenic Perre is likely to 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 (centre) said the sentence, along with the perseverance and hard work of investigators, had “brought justice to our beloved Geoff and Peter Wallis”.
After watching from the public gallery, Sergeant Bowen’s widow, Jane Bowen-Sutton, said the sentence, coupled with investigators’ perseverance and hard work, “has done justice to our beloved Geoff and Peter Wallis.”
“While our loss is immeasurable, this outcome helps make our tragic loss quietly acceptable,” she said.
“We hope that our beloved Geoff can now rest in peace.”
Sgt Bowen’s brother, Simon, said it would be discussed in the coming weeks whether Perre’s non-parole period was appropriate.
“But I’m glad someone that evil is in prison and this person will be in prison for what I think he will be for the rest of his life,” he said.
Genevieve Wallis, Mr. Wallis’s daughter, said that Perre’s prison sentence could never bring Sgt. Bowen back or remove his father’s mental and physical scars.
“But it’s justice and it’s retribution,” she said.
It is an acknowledgment of the suffering endured by the Bowens and the Wallis since Domenic Perre sent a bomb to the NCA.
“This sentence allows our families to get ahead.”
SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said the verdict and sentence in Perre’s case were the result of tireless efforts by investigators over many years.
He also praised the civilian witnesses who testified in Perre’s nearly year-long trial, describing their evidence as crucial to securing a conviction.
“We are all consoled by the fact that Domenic Perre will die in prison,” Stevens said.
“It is certainly something that families are very happy with.
“From a law enforcement perspective, we believe this is a fair outcome for the horrific crime he committed in 1994.”
Sergeant Bowen died
Sergeant Bowen died of serious injuries, including the loss of his left arm, when a package bomb built and shipped by Perre exploded in his office.
Mr. Wallis, who was standing nearby, lost an eye and was severely burned in the blast.
He died in 2018.