Family Court bomber Leonard Warwick has been jailed for life for his five-year reign of terror over Sydney in the 1980s.

Warwick, 73, will now die in jail after Justice Peter Garling delivered his sentence in the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday, bringing to an end the long and bloody saga.

Justice Garling sentenced Warwick to life in prison with no parole after he was found guilty of three murders, a string of bombings and another attempted bombing between 1980 to 1985.

He was also found not guilty of the shooting murder of his brother-in-law, Stephen Blanchard, in 1980.

After over three decades of police investigations, a string of coronial inquests and a judge-alone trial that stretched over two years, Justice Garling’s sentence finally brings closure to one of the bloodiest periods in Sydney’s history.

Warwick was found to be motivated by a sense of bitterness and hate over his Family Court battle with his former wife Andrea Blanchard over the custody of their daughter.

All of Warwick’s victims and targets had an association with his legal proceedings.

Justice Garling described his crimes as an “attack on the foundations of Australian democracy” and an “evil” attack that left members of the legal fraternity fearing for their lives.

“Each of these offences involves sophisticated planning, preparation and careful conduct,” Justice Garling said.

“They were part of a sustained attack by the offender against anyone that may be acting contrary to his interests in maintaining access to his daughter and preserving his own financial position.”

He was found guilty of shooting dead Justice David Opas, who had made adverse findings against Warwick, outside his Woollahra home on June 23, 1980.

Pearl Watson was killed instantly and her husband Justice Raymond Watson was injured when a bomb planted by Warwick exploded at the front door of their Greenwich home on July 4, 1984.

He also killed Graham Wykes and caused grievous bodily harm to 13 others when the Jehovah’s Witnesses hall in Casula was blown up on July 21 1985.

The congregation was targeted after some of the members helped Ms Blanchard move out of Sydney to the NSW mid-north coast to escape Warwick.

He was also sentenced for bombing of Justice Richard Gee’s Belrose home and the Family Court at Parramatta in early 1984.


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