GRIFFITH NOTES: "The Aussie Ruler" August 4, 1968 - No. 16

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A car owned by Griffith Australian Rules captain-coach Ron O'Neill was destroyed in what police believe was a gelignite explosion about 1.45 a.m. Sunday.

Though the car was parked near windows of the flat at 15 Gallipoli Street occupied by Mr and Mrs O'Neill and their family, no one was injured and the flat was not damaged.

Captain-coach O'Neill was allegedly punched as he left the field after a game at Whitton on May 5.

In a sequel to the incident Albert Fitzpatrick of Darlington Point was committed for trial at Griffith Quarter Sessions tomorrow (Tuesday) on a charge of assulting actual bodily harm.

In their investigation of the explosion that destroyed O'Neill's car, Griffith detectives yesterday were joined by Detective Sergeant Arthur O'Sullivan from the Scientific Investigation Bureau, Wagga.

Detective Senior Constable Jack Ellis yesterday said the police theory is that the explosion was caused by a gelignite blast, set off by a fuse.

There was no suggestion of any direct attempt to injure any person.

Detective Ellis said the car, a 1962-63 Valiant sedan, was parked by Mrs O'Neill about 9 p.m. Saturday on a concrete area in front of their flat.

At about 1.45 a.m. Sunday a explosion occurred, and police investigations found that it took place under the front seat.

A large hole was torn in the floor of the vehicle, upholstery was torn, the rear window was shattered, and concrete under the vehicle was damaged.

Surprisingly, the windshield, though nearest to the blast, was not shattered; it was "popped out" of its frame.

Police said it was amazing that no one was injured as a result of the explosion, which awakened residents along the whole length of Gallipoli Street.

Riverina Advocate - Monday August 5, 1968