Piecing together the lead-up

Acting Superintendent Paul Ross reassures Derrinallum residents everything is being done to clear the explosion site as quickly and safely as possible.

Acting Superintendent Paul Ross reassures Derrinallum residents everything is being done to clear the explosion site as quickly and safely as possible.

DERRINALLUM locals were urged this week to contact Crime Stoppers with any information relating to Glenn Sanders who detonated explosives on his Hamilton Highway property early Saturday morning.

Presumed deceased, Mr Sanders was widely known throughout the Derrinallum community for making bombs and setting off explosions.

Locals have also spoken of times when Mr Sanders allegedly walked about the town with explosive devices attached to his body.

Others revealed he had set off explosions in the town’s cemetery where his wife was buried.

Homicide Squad lead investigator Detective Sergeant Sol Solomon said the tragedy was under the jurisdiction of the State Coroner.

“My team and I have the job of finding all the facts and piecing together the circumstances that led to this incident,” he said at a public meeting in Derrinallum on Tuesday night,” Mr Solomon said.

“It is important for the community to assist us and endeavour to work out how this happened.

“I ask people to contact Crime Stoppers and tell us any information you think we should know about what has occurred in the lead up to the incident.

“We can’t do our job without your assistance.”

A Derrinallum woman at the meeting said she wondered why more was not done to help Mr Sanders and asked whether police spoke with him.

“I think the threats he made around the community should have been enough to take some action before it got to this,” she said.

Acting Superintendant Paul Ross said police did speak with Mr Sanders but found no explosives.

“We did take action in terms of the licences he held, but we didn’t have sufficient information to do a full search of the property,” he said.

“There has been information coming out since Saturday that we weren’t aware of.”

Police arson squad members were in the process of meeting with locals individually to gain further information about Mr Sanders’ in the lead up to the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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