Commissioner's response to South Australian Murder Sentence

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Today, I want to acknowledge the 30-year term of imprisonment handed to Domenic Perre by the South Australian Supreme Court over the 1994 murder of WA Police Force Detective Sergeant Geoffrey Bowen.

The sentencing brings to an end a long-running matter that has caused significant trauma to Det-Sgt Bowen’s family, his friends, his colleagues and the wider law enforcement community.

Det-Sgt Bowen was on secondment with the National Crime Authority and working in Adelaide when he was killed by an explosion which also seriously injured lawyer Peter Wallis on 2 March, 1994.

Perre was first charged over Det-Sgt Bowen’s murder in the weeks after the bombing, but that prosecution was withdrawn. The matter was then subject of a Coronial Investigation in 1999.

Perre was charged in 2018 after a cold case review of the attack, and he was found guilty of murder on 30 June, 2022. Det-Sgt Bowen left behind his wife Jane, and two young sons who have since joined WA Police Force.

My thoughts are with Det-Sgt Bowen’s family at this time.

I also want to recognise the dangers faced by police officers as they respond to and investigate serious crimes in our community on a daily basis, and the personal commitment officers make in performing their duties.

​​​​​​​ That commitment has a large contribution to the prosecution, conviction and sentencing that occurred in South Australia this morning.

- Commissioner Col Blanch