The Guardian. 22nd July 1985.
MAN KILLED IN BLAST
AT SYDNEY SERVICE.
From Richard Yallop in Melbourne.
One man was killed and 70 people were taken to hospital after a bomb exploded
yesterday during a Jehovah's Witnesses service in a Kingdom Hall in the Sydney
suburb of Lurnea.
The explosion occurred close to the speaker's dais just as Mr David Winder, a
visiting elder from the Sydney suburb of Prospect, had begun his address
on loyalty to God and the family. Mr Winder, # aged 39, was
blown through the roof #
of the building, receiving multiple fractures and injuries.
Police did not release the name of the dead man, who was sitting in the front
row. He is believed to be a father of three. His wife was also injured in the
but their three children escaped unhurt.
More than 100 people attended the service. The explosion
half the building, and tore a hole in the aluminium roof.
Thirteen of the 70 people taken to hospital were still there last night and the
condition of two adults and one three-month-old baby was said to be serious.
Some of the injured refused blood transfusion because of their religious
Police have no idea of the motive for the bombing, nor has any group claimed
responsibility, but it is thought to have been caused by a former member of the
congregation with a grudge.