Alleged Family Court bomber in case court
The man charged over the Family Law Court murders and bombings is expected to be given a “significant amount” of the prosecution’s brief of evidence against him by the end of next month.
Leonard John Warwick’s case was mentioned at Central Local Court on Thursday morning – just over a week after the 68-year-old was arrested for a series of crimes that left four people dead.
It is alleged Warwick targeted judges of the Family Court of Australia, their families, a lawyer and members of the public in a series of attacks between 1980 and 1985 in Sydney.
Warwick has been charged with more than 30 offences and is accused of bombing the homes of two Family Law Court justices, the Family Law Court in Parramatta and a Jehovah’s Witness hall in Casula.
Warwick’s string of offences were allegedly sparked by a legal battle between him and his ex-wife Andrea after their relationship broke down.
During a period of five years, he is accused of blowing up the homes of family law judges who issued unfavourable orders, and killing, or attempting to kill, those who aided Andrea.
In one attack in April 1984, Warwick allegedly put a pipe bomb near the doors of Parramatta’s Family Law Court, causing damage to the building.
Three months later, he allegedly murdered Justice Ray Watson’s wife, Pearl, when a bomb went off at their home.
The DPP told Central Local Court on Thursday that it would be serving a substantial amount of the brief against Warwick by September 24.
Warwick, who remains in custody, will have his case return to court for mention on October 8, when he is expected to appear via video link.