Accused NCA bomber guilty of spitting on police officer in jail
The man accused of bombing the National Crime Authority in Adelaide has been found guilty of assaulting police.
Officers had been called to the Adelaide Remand Centre in 2018 following reports Domenic Perre, the key suspect in the 1994 blast, had been assaulted.
As the investigator approached Perre inside his cell in 2018, he turned and spat on him. Perre did not testify at his trial but did deny it happened.
His lawyers argued there was no forensic evidence and the officer's recollection was coloured by 63-year-old Perre's notoriety.
However, the magistrate ruled today the responding officer was acting properly within his duties and found Perre guilty.
He was not in court for the verdict because he is unwell and may have contracted COVID-19, his lawyer said.
Perre will be sentenced for the police assault at the end of March.
He is also on trial over the 1994 NCA bombing, accused of murdering a federal police officer.
That case is with a Supreme Court justice and a date for the verdict has not been set yet.