A Figtree man has denied knowing there were weapons, drugs and an explosive in the car that he had fallen asleep in, a court has heard.
Sinan Kerem Sen, aged 31, fronted Wollongong Local Court on Monday after he was arrested and charged on Sunday with several weapons and drugs offences.
Sen's defence lawyer Matthew Ward told the court Sen had gone to his friend's house to talk before he borrowed a car.
Mr Ward said his client drove the car a short distance before he fell asleep only to be awoken by police, with the car searched and several prohibited items were seized.
Mr Ward said his client suffered from drug addiction, and his family, who supported him in court, had tried to get him into residential rehab.
Magistrate Michael O'Brien granted Sen bail despite his "dreadful criminal history".
Documents tendered to court said police officers went to investigate reports that a man was sleeping in a parked car, which was still on, at Natan Place, Cordeaux Heights on Sunday shortly before 12pm.
Police woke up the man, who identified himself as Sinan Sen and when asked why he was sleeping in the car with the keys still in the ignition, Sen replied, "I just came from the house down there. I came into the car to talk to my Mrs on the phone and must've fallen asleep".
Police searched the vehicle where they found and seized a black flick knife on the floor of the rear driver's side; and a small black hatchet positioned between the driver's seat and centre console with the axe head facing the ground and the handle sticking up mimicking a handbrake.
Police also found a tube labeled "danger explosive" as well as a Gucci glasses case containing drug paraphernalia and several small bags of what appeared to be illicit drugs.
Police will allege the items belonged to Sen but he denied knowing any of the weapons were in the car.
Sen was arrested and taken to Lake Illawarra police station where he was charged with handling an explosive without a licence; two counts of having custody of a knife in a public place; supplying prohibited drugs and using a prohibited weapon contrary to a prohibition order.
Police tested the contents of the small bags with results indicating the drug meth was inside, totalling 31.19 grams.
During an interview, Sen, who is prohibited from owning a weapon or firearm, denied the knife, drugs and explosive belonged to him.
As part of his bail conditions, Sen must report to police daily, live at his home in Albion Park Rail, must abide by a night curfew and must be in the company of his father while working at the family-owned shop in Nowra.
The case was adjourned to February 2.
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