3 Jan 2017

Sydney pool drowing victim thought to be former judge

1:18 pm on 3 January 2017

A former Australian Family Court judge is thought to have drowned in a backyard pool in Sydney, just over a month before the man accused of bombing his house 30 years ago stands trial.

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Paramedics were called to a home on Neridah Avenue in Belrose, Syndey about 10pm last night after a man was found unconscious in the pool.

The 83-year-old died at the scene.

Neighbours told the ABC the man was retired Federal Family Court judge Richard Gee.

Justice Gee and members of his family survived a bomb attack at their home in Belrose in 1984.

He and his family escaped but the house was destroyed and later rebuilt.

The bombing was one of several attacks against Family Court judges between 1980 and 1985.

A man accused of the attacks, Leonard John Warwick, is to stand trial on 32 charges including four counts of murder.

It is alleged Warwick targeted the Family Court, members of the judiciary and the public during a series of shootings and bombings.

Warwick will next face court to be arraigned on February 10.

Justice Gee's death follows 14 drownings in New South Wales over the holiday period.

A two-year-old boy who was pulled from a fishpond in Fairfield yesterday remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.