A BALLARAT man caught with four stolen guns hidden in his ceiling was refused bail yesterday.
Ben Nikkelson, 31, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court charged with various weapons and drug offences.
Nikkelson was at a Mair Street address when police raided it on August 8 this year.
The court heard the large shed was the base for a group of about 12 men who “formed a bond” out of common ideals such as motorcycles and stopping violence against women.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Vikki Chaffey told court the group, going by the name “Scoundrels”, did not consider themselves an outlaw motorcycle gang, but did hold several meetings with members of the Vikings gang.
Senior Constable Chaffey said Nikkelson was living upstairs at the address when police executed the search warrant.
She said police found nearly two grams of ice, two homemade pistols, ammunition and two sawn-off firearms concealed in the ceiling of the loft.
“The accused was arrested and made full admissions, stating they all belonged to him,” she said.
During the bail application, defence lawyer Mike Wardell reaffirmed the Scoundrels was not an outlaw motorcycle gang and said his client used about three grams of ice a week.
He said the past 30 days spent in custody had been beneficial in terms of keeping him away from drugs and he submitted Nikkelson should be bailed to his partner’s Ballarat home.
Mr Wardell also submitted Nikkelson would accept any conditions placed upon his bail, such as regular reporting and not associating with other Scoundrels members, but said the biggest positive was the fact police did not oppose bail.
But magistrate Kay Robertson described the offences as serious, with police finding at least four firearms, drugs and the proceeds of crime.
“In my view, given your history of failing to comply with the law, (defence’s arguments) are not sufficient to mitigate the risk of you committing further offences,” Ms Robertson said.
Nikkelson was remanded to re-appear on September 30.