A WODONGA man accused of a burglary that netted $160,000 in goods failed yesterday in his bid to convince a magistrate that he should be bailed.
Troy Hawkins, 38, also faces charges over his involvement in a drug laboratory and breaches of an intervention order.
Magistrate Paul Smith was told Hawkins and another Wodonga man, Benjamin Kennedy, 26, were responsible for a burglary at an Ebden property between August 3 and 5 that netted $40,000 in goods, two firearms and a Toyota LandCruiser valued at $120,000.
Detective Sen-Constable Brendan Roche said only about $1000 worth of goods had been recovered, some of which were allegedly found at Hawkins’ Kelly Street home.
The firearms and the car have not been found.
Sen-Constable Roche said Hawkins had made admissions about the burglary and been forthcoming with police.
Hawkins’ solicitor Sally Wilson argued that Hawkins should be bailed, considering the amount of time he would have to spend in custody before the charges were eventually dealt with.
But Mr Smith said it was too soon to assume the delay would be long.
“In my view it’s too early to determine if there is going to be a significant delay,” he said.
“I am not at this stage persuaded that there is.”
He said the burglary was of “a particularly serious nature”.
“They are not minor matters, the risk is too great,” Mr Smith said.
“The court can only assess risk based on behaviour.
“You haven’t been in much trouble prior to this year. I’m not too sure what has happened to cause you to go off the rails.”