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Spurned man allegedly hid in former eHarmony lover's home with gun

A Canberra man spurned by an eHarmony lover allegedly armed himself with a gun, hid in her apartment and trapped her inside for three hours.

Drew Francis Thompson, 28, is on trial in the ACT Supreme Court for alleged offences against the young woman, whom he said had treated him like a "doormat" following five weeks of intimacy. Thompson pleaded not guilty.

The pair met in early 2013 on dating site eHarmony, but the woman began distancing herself from him.

She told the court on Wednesday he annoyed her, dressed poorly, and was not as intelligent as she. She also said she was disappointed he still lived with his parents.

But Thompson, the court heard, couldn't take the hint.

His persistence culminated in a very public argument at Dickson shops, where the woman used "harsh words" to Thompson. 


Prosecutor Sara Gul said the humiliation was the backdrop for Thompson's alleged actions.

"The Crown says, against this background, he wanted to show her

how damaging breaching someone's trust can be."

It is alleged that Thompson went to her apartment in Lyneham in November last year, taking a gun, and hiding inside with latex gloves on.

He is accused of waiting for her to come home, before springing out, and putting his hand around her mouth as she screamed.

She said he kept her inside for three hours, before she convinced him to leave.

"I thought about running but I didn't think I could get out before he got the gun," she told the court.

Thompson allegedly ran when police turned up at his home. A search warrant revealed a firearm in his father's gun safe and latex gloves in the garage.

Police also found two notes, one of which the Crown says read: "Mum, Dad, and Chris, if you've read this then I must have really f---ed up."

The note allegedly referred to the woman's personal attack on him in Dickson, and said she "destroyed what little happiness I had left in my life".

Thompson is fighting the charges of aggravated burglary and unlawful confinement.

Barrister Jack Pappas used his opening address to tell the jury the woman had simply lied about the incident.

"There are no shades of grey in this case ... this young lady lied," he said.

Mr Pappas said his client would tell them he turned up at the house, upset about the breakup, but that she invited him in, and they talked for three hours before he left.

He said it was not for the defence to explain why the woman had lied.

But Mr Pappas said she had encouraged Thompson to believe they had a future together, but later realised she couldn't break "the nexus" between them.

Mr Pappas said it was clear to the woman that Thompson simply wasn't getting her hints, and questioned whether it became so overbearing for her that she decided to make up the allegations.

"Did she finally decide that there was only one way to get rid of this guy?" he asked the jury.

The court heard there will be no DNA evidence from the latex gloves or the gun police found at Thompson's Watson home.

Mr Pappas said there would also be no evidence of forced entry into the woman's apartment, or that Thompson had a duplicate key.

There was also nothing to suggest Thompson had a way of accessing his father's gun safe, he said.

Mr Pappas said the case was simply based on the "say-so" of the complainant.

He suggested the note found by police was misinterpreted.

"Words, ladies and gentleman, can mean all sorts of things depending on how you read them, the emphasis, the punctuation even, and the circumstances in which they were written," he said.

The trial continues on Thursday before Acting Justice David Robinson in the ACT Supreme Court, when Mr Pappas is expected to continue his cross-examination of the complainant.