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Bomber Thompson convicted but strolls free from court despite large drug stash

“I’ve found you guilty of possession … as such that elevates the seriousness of the matter.

“It’s one that warrants conviction.”

The former AFL great shook his head and muttered under his breath at the news.

Mark "Bomber" Thompson (right) arrives at court on Thursday.

Mark “Bomber” Thompson (right) arrives at court on Thursday.Credit:AAP

His lawyer had argued it would “impact his reputation” but the magistrate disagreed, and also sentenced Thompson to a 12-month community corrections order.

As part of his pre-sentencing, Mr Reynolds released 16 pages of reasons for dismissing the drug trafficking charges laid against Thompson.

He conceded Thompson was unable to explain the handwritten notes detailing cash transactions and that “suggestive” items associated with dealing were found in the home, including deal bags, scales, 481 ecstasy pills and 33 grams of ice.

“The evidence in this case gives rise to suspicion that Thompson was trafficking in drugs of dependence. There is his association in unusual circumstances with a proven drug trafficker [Thomas] Windsor,” Mr Reynolds said.

Thomas Windsor was Thompson's housemate.

Thomas Windsor was Thompson’s housemate.Credit:Bendigo Advertiser

“Also, the large number or pills and significant weight of the methylamphetamine found.

“I am not satisfied on the whole of the evidence that Thompson intended to sell either drug,”

It’s unclear whether the Office of Public Prosecutions will  appeal the magistrate’s decision to dismiss drug trafficking charges despite 44 times the traffickable amount of ecstasy being found inside Thompson’s home.

Methamphetamine weighing 33 grams was also found inside the Rouse Street home – 11 times the amount needed to reach a traffickable quantity under state legislation.

There was no dispute over what was found inside the property, but Thompson claimed all the drugs belonged to his housemate Thomas Windsor.

During Thursday’s proceedings Thompson’s lawyer Mick Milardovic said his client had suffered considerably over the Essendon doping scandal, which had followed a “lengthy and illustrious” career in the AFL.

“You’ve heard the events of where he found himself … in self-imposed exile,” Mr Milardovic said.

“My client comes to the court as … a cleanskin, a first time offender.”

Mr Milardovic told the court Thompson had since embarked on a number of new business ventures including making furniture from recycled materials, importing mechanised e-bicycles and the new industry of “hydrogen inhalers”.

“It’s a burgeoning field your honour,” he said.

The four charges of possession that were found proven related to methamphetamine, MDA, LSD and unprescribed Xanax found in Thompson’s home during police raids in January 2018.

The court previously heard that police discovered illicit drugs and paraphernalia stashed alongside Cats memorabilia inside a coded room off Thompson’s bedroom.

They included a bottle of 481 ecstasy tablets weighing in at 134.6 grams of MDA, four ice pipes, digital scales, and a show box filled with clear resealable bags.

A further search of shared areas of the home uncovered a handwritten lease agreement between Thompson and Windsor and handwritten notes depicting large sums of money.

Amounts of up to $115,000 were scrawled alongside the names ‘Bomb’ and ‘Tatts’, which police said were the nicknames of Thompson and his heavily tattooed housemate Windsor.

In an upstairs mezzanine level and inside a magnetic box police then found 33.1 grams of ice, 5.6 grams of ephedrines, an LSD tab, four Xanax tablets and three white capsule, all of which Thompson was been charged over.

He had contested seven charges of drug use and trafficking but pleaded guilty to breaching his bail conditions.

His legal team argued last month that the drugs were not his and he did not need to deal drugs to make money as one of his NAB bank accounts contained $3 million.

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But during his time in the witness box last month, Thompson told the court that he had developed an ice habit more than a year before the January 2018 police raids after abandoning a football career he said he ended up hating.

He said he struggled with leaving the football world and locked himself in his Port Melbourne home, trading in cryptocurrency 12 hours a day while smoking the drug ice.

Thompson, who coached at Geelong and Essendon, revealed that he still battles to deal with an Essendon supplements scandal he didn’t agree with.

If Thompson reoffends within 12 months he faces the risk of being resentenced for his crimes.

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