A MAN allegedly found with a sawn-off rifle and three knives during a traffic stop in Newcastle West on Wednesday morning has been refused bail.
Rory Gene Adams, 28, of Teralba, appeared in Newcastle Local Court in handcuffs on Wednesday charged with possession of a shortened firearm, conveying a prohibited firearm and having custody of a knife in a public place.
Police say he was one of three people in a Ford Falcon sedan that police stopped on Hunter Street about 1.15am.
As police approached the vehicle, they say they noticed the people inside moving around. Police searched the vehicle and allegedly located a sawn-off rifle, a hunting knife and two pocket knives.
Mr Adams, a 21-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man were arrested and taken to Newcastle police station.
Mr Adams was later charged and refused bail by police while the other two people were released pending further inquiries.
In court on Wednesday, his solicitor, Karen Wells, told Magistrate Rodney Brender the firearm was unloaded and “was no threat to anyone”. “He worked as a chef up until a week or two ago,” Ms Wells said. “He has addiction issues, which cost him his job.”
Mr Brender said he would be more inclined to release Mr Adams if he was suitable to undertake the MERIT (Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment) program.
The bail application was withdrawn and the matter was adjourned to Monday so Mr Adams could undergo a MERIT assessment.