A man allegedly found with a pistol at an Albury border check point last month has fronted court just hours after his possible re-arrest was flagged.
Jaydan Waihaki Nuku had been bailed to front Albury Local Court on Tuesday.
But on his case being mentioned, magistrate Richard Funston was told that Nuku was not going to attend.
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His excuse, defence lawyer Lucy Maher said, was he thought his 24-hour a day curfew meant he would be liable for arrest for breaching bail should he attempt to travel from his mother's home, near Griffith, to Albury.
Mr Funston was far from impressed with the excuse, which Nuku provided in instructions to Ms Maher.
"That's rubbish," he said.
"Nobody thinks that when they're attending court."
Mr Funston directed Ms Maher to contact her client and let him know that if he didn't get to court by 3pm, he would issue a warrant for his arrest.
"I specifically adjourned it from last week for him to appear on bail," he said.
"He'd better get going."
Police prosecutor Sergeant Andrew Coombs said Nuku was charged with "serious offences" that meant the accused would have to - in any new bid for bail - show cause as to why his detention was not justified.
Nuku arrived at the Albury courthouse right on 3pm.
Fifteen minutes later, after Mr Funston completed the sentencing of a man for serious domestic violence matters, he fronted court, in what was the final case of the day.
Nuku, 27, is facing charges of falsely provide or give false information on request with regard to COVID-19 public health orders, possess or use a prohibited weapon without a permit, possess an unregistered firearm and possess or use a prohibited weapon without a permit.
Two of the weapons charges relate to a wooden mace with a studded head and a butterfly knife.
The unregistered firearm charge relates to a black air pistol inscribed with "Glock 17 New Order Commemorative".
Nuku pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.
Mr Funston told Nuku he must attend court when his matters were next mentioned on December 1.