Philip Jason Winsor's bail application adjourned in Tamworth Local Court

Behind bars: Philip Winsor remains in custody at the Tamworth Correctional Centre.
Behind bars: Philip Winsor remains in custody at the Tamworth Correctional Centre.

A MAN accused of brandishing a sawn-off firearm and threatening patrons at a pub has had a bail application adjourned in court as his solicitor gathers more medical evidence.

Philip Jason Winsor is facing 11 firearm-related charges stemming from alleged incidents between September 20 and 22 in Gunnedah and Mullaley.

He is yet to enter any pleas to the charges.

The 43-year-old is being held in custody at the Tamworth Correctional Centre and appeared via video link in Tamworth Local Court where he made a fresh bid for release.

“I’m instructed to make a bail application,” Solicitor Ben Curnow said.

“I believe a bail application wasn’t made on the last occasion.”

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has taken over the case because of the serious nature of the charges and DPP solicitor Mark Ferguson told the court he had not received formal notice of the release application prior to the court date to check proposed conditions.

“It’s opposed,” he said.

“I’ve had no notification.”

Mr Curnow said his client had “significant” health issues, and had been hospitalised for five weeks last year.

“[He is] better served being able to access these services [on bail],” he told the court.

“[It is] detrimental to his health being detained in custody.”

He said his client had also had “significant issues in his upbringing”.

Magistrate Roger Prowse said he needed more information before the bail application could be properly considered by the court.

“At the moment bail continues to be refused,” he told Winsor.

“The issues raised by Mr Curnow need to be fleshed out … [by] getting access to your medical records.”

Mr Prowse ordered police to compile a brief of evidence into the case with the bail application adjourned to later this month.

Detectives allege Winsor had a 410 loaded shortened shotgun in his possession on September 20 and fired it as a he travelled along the Oxley Highway at Mullaley.

Winsor was allegedly carrying the firearm with disregard for safety and others while he was in a black Holden Commodore along the highway.

Police then allege between 9 and 9.25pm on September 22, Winsor wielded the shortened shotgun at the Post Office Hotel in Mullaley, and then again in the beer garden shortly after.

Winsor is also accused of being armed with the firearm during an aggravated enter dwelling of a residence in Nombi St, Mullaley, at the same time and being armed with intent to assault a man at the location.

Following investigations by Gunnedah police, Winsor was arrested at lunchtime on September 23 by Oxley detectives and has been behind bars since.

If found guilty of firing a firearm in or near a public place, Winsor faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.