Craig Munro is charged with the hit-and-run of his former lover.
Craig Munro is charged with the hit-and-run of his former lover. Claudia Baxter

Man 'ran down gay ex-lover'

AN IPSWICH man ran down his gay ex-lover in his car because the younger man kissed his female friend, a court was told.

Craig Munro, 34, is accused of crashing into 23-year-old Brendan Gannaway in Sadliers Crossing as he rode his bike to work about 6.10am – launching him seven metres into the air.

Amazingly, Mr Gannaway walked away from the collision with only scratches and bruises.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard the alleged victim and Munro had been in a casual sexual relationship for a month before the incident.

Munro had asked Mr Gannaway to be in a formal relationship but the younger man had refused.

At a Brisbane nightclub only days before the alleged murder attempt, Munro’s female friend “Kellie” and Mr Gannaway kissed and then went home together – leaving the 34-year-old out alone.

That night Munro had a drug overdose and a few days later the pair agreed to meet at Mr Gannaway’s work in Brassall to “talk out” their issues.

But Mr Gannaway, a cleaner, did not make it to work on September 2 as he was hit from behind by a car on Harlin Street with so much force one of his shoes landed on the roof of a house two doors down.

Mr Gannaway told the court he turned around and saw Munro’s car coming towards him: “I said okay, (expletive), I’m going to get hit.”

Munro allegedly called triple-0 half an hour later to find out where the closest police station was and then arrived at the Ipswich station.

The court heard Munro told Constable Tracey Gray: “I told him I would kill him – I shouldn’t have done it. I should have just bashed him.”

Munro also allegedly told police: “I ran him down in my car.”

Police inspected Munro’s car, which was parked outside the police station with a dented bonnet and smashed windscreen.

Munro faces charges of attempted murder, assault occasioning bodily harm and dangerous operation of a vehicle.

Defence barrister Peter Sloane asked Mr Gannaway if he had good eyesight and could recognise his client’s car but the 23-year-old said he had difficulties seeing long distances.

“I don’t wear glasses but I should,” Mr Gannaway.

Munro did not enter a plea and will stand trial at Brisbane Supreme Court at a date to be fixed.

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