A man has been arrested over the Family Law Court bombings and shootings that occurred more than 30 years ago in Sydney.
Police arrested Leonard John Warwick, 68, at his Campbelltown home at 11.30am on Wednesday morning.
At least 32 charges will be laid against Mr Warwick, including four murder charges. One of the murder victims was Mr Warwick’s brother-in-law Stephen Blanchard, who was shot in the back in 1980.
Detective Commissioner Nick Kaldas told the press that the New South Wales Unsolved Homicide Team had gained new evidence and technology that would help identify the perpetrator of crimes committed between February 1980 and July 1985.
“The evidence that we’ve gathered includes significant new evidence, historic evidence that has been enhanced using technology that was probably not available 30 years ago,” Mr Kaldas told a press conference on Wednesday.
“We feel that we have a very strong case and we will be proceeding with the charges today.”
Mr Kaldas also reminded the public that anyone who had information, or who was involved in the case, must come forward.
“There is a message here, if you have been involved or you have information about a murder that may be historic, you need to realise that the door will never be closed on a murder investigation,” Mr Kaldas said.
“It will always be there.”
The Family Law Court murders, which targeted judges, their families, a lawyer and individuals, was one of Sydney’s biggest crime mysteries.
Victims included Family Court judge David Opas, who was shot outside his home, Judge Richard Gee, injured by a bomb at his home, and the wife of Judge Ray Watson, who was also killed by a bomb.
Mr Warwick is due to appear in court on Thursday. – Benjamin Potter
Top screenshot of Detective Commissioner Nick Kaldas at today’s press conference from Sky News