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CASE TYPE: Murder
LOCATION: Waymouth Street, Adelaide
CASE DATE: March 2, 1994

Geoffrey Bowen

REFERENCE NUMBER: MCIB CM94/11

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Geoffrey Bowen

Rewards up to $1,000,000 will be paid by the Government of South Australia, at the discretion of the Commissioner of Police, to anyone who provides information and assistance that leads to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the suspected murder of Geoffrey Bowen. 

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National Crime Authority Bombing Geoffrey Bowen
Murder and attempt murder

On Wednesday 2 March 1994, an explosion occurred at the offices of the National Crime Authority (‰NCA‰) situated in the CPS Credit Union Building, Waymouth Street, Adelaide. The explosion caused the death of Detective Sergeant Geoffrey Bowen, serious injuries to Peter Wallis, a lawyer employed by the NCA, and extensive property damage to the building.

The explosion was the result of a bomb which had been collected from the General Post Office by NCA security staff that morning. As such, the explosion was clearly the result of a premeditated act.

On Thursday 11 March 1994, Domenic Perre was arrested and charged with the murder of Detective Bowen, and the attempted murder of Mr Wallis. A preliminary examination of those charges commenced in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 19 July 1994, and on 8 August 1994 he was committed for trial in the Supreme Court. However, on 9 September 1994 the Director of Public Prosecutions withdrew all charges, hence the trial did not proceed. Since that time, no further charges have been brought against any person arising out of the incident.

In 1999, the then State Coroner Mr Wayne Chivell commenced an inquest into the death of Detective Bowen. The Inquest sat for a total of 56 days and was a comprehensive probing of circumstances leading up to the bombing, persons of interest, motives, the police investigation and security issues relevant to the NCA.

As at 1 March 2018 a person has been arrested and charged in relation to this matter and is now before the Courts.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1 800 333 000, on-line, via the App or email an investigator.



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