Canberra court closes case against Australian Christian Lobby explosion accused

A Canberra court has closed a criminal case against a man who was found dead before he could face trial over an explosion outside the Australian Christian Lobby offices.

Jaden Duong, 36, was set to fight allegations of arson and property damage at trial, arguing he was mentally impaired when he drove a van packed with gas cylinders into Eternity House at Deakin in December 2016.

His case was mentioned briefly in the ACT Supreme Court on Thursday, when lawyer Peter Woodhouse said his client died on September 25. Police said at the time there were no suspicious circumstances.

Prosecutors filed an abatement notice to formally cease its prosecution of the charges. The court heard the matter was finalised.