18 years after allegedly skipping the country while on bail, a man accused of setting off a bomb outside a Sydney property has been brought home to face the music.
Roberto Saenz de Heredia allegedly planted a parcel bomb at the Belrose home of a man who owed him thousands of dollars on June 15, 1998.
Brett Boyd, then 27, was seriously injured. He lost his left eye and right thumb and also suffered facial scars and partial deafness.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
In September of that year, detectives arrested de Heredia, then 29.
He was committed to stand trial on attempted murder, however, while on bail he allegedly left Australia on 27 July 1999 using a stolen passport.
De Heredia, now 47, was arrested in April with the assistance of the Australian Federal Police and British law enforcement authorities, as he tried to enter the United Kingdom using alleged fraudulent travel documents.
Detectives arrived in Sydney about 5am on Sunday with de Heredia.
Northern Beaches Local Area Commander, Superintendent Dave Darcy said this has been a very complex and protracted investigation, utilising significant resources.
“The arrest of this man – some 18 years after the alleged offence – demonstrates the lengths my officers will go to ensure matters are appropriately investigated,” Supt Darcy said.
“I’d like to congratulate them on their perseverance and professionalism.
“Arrests like this powerfully demonstrate to victims of violent crime; we are determined to bring offenders before the courts irrespective of how challenging the investigation may be.”
De Heredia will remain in custody to appear before Parramatta Bail Court.