A MAN whose father has been given just days to live has had his release application from jail rejected in Bathurst Local Court.
Brent Allan Michael Ryan appeared before magistrate Cate Follent via audio-visual link-up on Monday and could be heard crying as his application was heard.
His solicitor James Horsburgh told the court Ryan's father was terminally ill and the prognosis was very poor.
"He may not even survive a couple of days, and this is the basis for which this application is brought," he said.
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Ryan has been in custody for five-and-a-half months after being charged with a string of offences, including the possession of a shortened firearm.
Mr Horsburgh said there were conditions the court could impose to mitigate any fears it may hold regarding any risk to the community or his client failing to appear.
He said Ryan can live in Oberon and report to police on a daily basis.
"Mr Ryan is especially close to his dad and this is having a massive impact on him; it's terribly distressing to him," he said.
He said Ryan had strong ties to the community.
"Placing strict reporting conditions and an onus for him to reside at the family home would go some way to reassure the court, and have minimal risk to the community," he said.
Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Brett Donaghy opposed bail, saying the risk to the community was too great.
"By far the most serious charge against the accused is the shortened firearm," he said, adding the offence carries a maximum of 14 years in jail.
He said the matters against Ryan were "extremely serious".
"You don't cut the end off a firearm unless you need it for a certain purpose," Senior Sergeant Donaghy said.
"The risk to the community is greater than the offender's needs."
Ms Follent rejected the application, saying she had formed the view "not withstanding the very compelling reasons why the court should give consideration to the application, the circumstances of the matter do not allow it".