A Corrimal man accused of having a loaded firearm in his house when it was searched by police has been identified in court as Matthew Fitzpatrick.
Officers attached to Wollongong Local Area Command executed a search warrant at Fitzpatrick’s Murray Road home about 2.20pm on Sunday.
During the search, officers will allege they located a shortened firearm with ammunition and a silencer.
It will also be alleged a small amount of cannabis, 13.25 grams of methylamphetamine and 17 Suboxone strips were found inside the premises.
Suboxone is used to treat opiate addiction.
Police will allege Fitzpatrick intended to sell the drugs for profit.
The 40-year-old was arrested just before 2.30pm and taken to Wollongong Police Station.
He was charged with possessing a shortened firearm without authority, supplying a prohibited drug, possessing a prohibited drug, possessing a restricted substance and possessing ammunition without a licence.
He was refused bail overnight and fronted Wollongong Local Court on Monday morning.
Defence lawyer Cate Doosey, acting for Legal Aid, said Fitzpatrick had a private lawyer, Wollongong’s Darryl Quirk, who he had previously instructed in other unrelated court matters.
She said Fitzpatrick wished for Mr Quirk to represent him, however Mr Quirk was not available on Monday to deal with the matter.
She sought an adjournment for Fitzpatrick to instruct Mr Quirk in a bail application.
Magistrate Michael Stoddart formally refused bail and remanded Fitzpatrick in custody. He will reappear in court on Tuesday.