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Spurned man denies he used gun for 'lover's revenge'

A spurned Canberra man has denied he took a gun and hid in the apartment of his eHarmony match for "lover's revenge". 

Drew Francis Thompson, 28, is currently on trial for alleged offences against a woman he was intimate with for five weeks, after meeting her through the dating website last year. 

But the woman began to pull out of the relationship, saying Thompson was boring, unintelligent, and dressed poorly.

Thompson didn't take the hint, and the souring relationship culminated in a public humiliation at Dickson shops in October.

The Crown allege Thompson took a gun, hid behind a door in her apartment, and waited for her to come home, before confining her in the home for three hours.

The prosecution, led by Sara Gul, allege he did it to show her what it feels like to have someone betray your trust.


Thompson continued giving evidence on Friday morning, denying the allegations and saying he went to the home, she let him in, they talked, and then he left.

He denies taking a gun or latex gloves as the Crown alleges.

Notes found in Thompson's home are being used by the prosecution to help prove he planned the crime.

He wrote in one note that the woman had stolen "what little happiness I had left". He also wrote that people might think him a psychopath who was out for "lover's revenge". 

Thompson claims that  was a suicide note, written sometime earlier. He said he wrote of "lover's revenge" because he thought the woman would think he killed himself because of her.

But, in cross-examination, prosecutor Sara Gul accused him of writing down his plan to take the gun to her home.

"You did go to [the complainant's] house seeking some sort of revenge, didn't you?" she said.

Thompson replied: "No, I did not."

Ms Gul described parts of Thompson's story - including that he wanted to get back with her, yet told her he was suicidal, knowing she would blame herself - as "completely implausible".

It is alleged the gun and latex gloves used by Thompson were found at his house when it was raided by police.

Ms Gul used her closing submission to describe that as a "mighty coincidence".

But defence barrister Jack Pappas used his closing submission to dismiss those discoveries as meaning "absolutely nothing".

Mr Pappas said the rubber gloves were found on top of a bin, not hidden, and the gun was exactly where you'd expect it to be, in his father's gun safe, to which Thompson said he had no access.

There was no DNA evidence from either of the items, he said.

He said Thompson's explanation for running away when police turned up - that he feared they were there to take him to a mental health institution - was completely believable. 

That, Mr Pappas said, only left Thompson's word against the complainant's. 

"If her evidence does not stack up to scrutiny, the Crown case fails," he said.

He described her story as a "false tale" that grew significantly between her two initial meetings with police.

"Having locked herself into [the complaint], what option did she have but to continue?"

The trial will resume in the ACT Supreme Court on Monday, when Acting Justice David Robinson is expected to sum up.

Thompson is facing a charge of aggravated burglary and  unlawful confinement.