A man who carried out a calculated and hateful campaign against judges and their families in retaliation for decisions made during Family Court proceedings has been handed three life sentences without parole and will die in jail.
Leonard John Warwick, 73, carried out a shooting and a series of bombings between 1980 and 1985 targeting three Family Court judges, a solicitor who had represented his wife, the court building itself, and innocent members of a Jehovah’s Witness congregation who helped his wife and daughter leave Sydney.
During the attacks Justice David Opas was shot dead outside his home, Pearl Watson – the wife of Justice Ray Watson – was killed by a bomb blast at their front door, and worshipper Graham Wykes was killed in an explosion at a Casula prayer hall that injured dozens of others including children.
Justice Richard Gee survived a blast that destroyed his Belrose home. A four-kilogram bomb, placed under the bonnet of a car where a solicitor used to live, was discovered before the key was turned in the ignition, while a bomb at the Family Court in Parramatta exploded at night when no one was around.