Leonard Warwick's bomb trial to resume

Leonard John Warwick has been refused a stay in his trial for four murders and other charges.
Leonard John Warwick has been refused a stay in his trial for four murders and other charges.

The beleaguered trial of a man accused of a string of Sydney bombings and murders in the 1980s is set to resume after he lost his bid to have it halted until he's legally represented again.

Leonard Warwick has pleaded not guilty to four murders and 20 other offences relating to seven events between February 1980 and July 1985, alleged to have flowed from a drawn-out custody battle with his ex-wife.

In the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, Justice Elizabeth Fullerton dismissed an application for a stay of the trial until Warwick has the funds to enable him to again be legally represented.

Accordingly, the 72-year-old's trial is listed to resume on Tuesday before Justice Peter Garling, who began hearing the case without a jury in May 2018.

The trial has been beset by repeated delays and adjournments primarily related to funding his defence after he became penniless.

After 103 hearing days, the judge ruled in February that the trial be stopped or adjourned unless Warwick was legally represented again.

He was then granted legal aid for a new team to replace his previous solicitor Alan Conolly.

However, in June the team withdrew from the case, and his legal aid funding was terminated.

Mr Conolly represented Warwick at the unsuccessful stay application before Justice Fullerton.

In his evidence before the judge, Warwick denied being responsible for no longer having a lawyer, saying his legal aid barrister chose to bail out after he complained about him to Justice Garling.

Warwick is charged with the 1980 shooting murders of his brother-in-law Stephen Blanchard and Justice David Opas; the bombing of Justice Richard Gee's home and of the Family Court building in Parramatta in 1984; and, in the same year, the bombing of the home of Justice Ray Watson in which his wife Pearl was killed.

In 1985, he allegedly set off a bomb that ripped apart a Jehovah's Witnesses hall, killing Graham Wyke and injuring 13 people, part of the congregation offering support to his ex-wife Andrea Blanchard.

Australian Associated Press