Nowra's Dean Vimpani, 41, has been refused bail in Nowra Local Court today after being charged with murdering David McArthur of Sanctuary Point.
Vimpani appeared before Magistrate Lisa Viney via audio-visual link, as his lawyer Brett Ford argued for bail.
He said there were exceptional circumstances because Vimpani lived with his mother who had emphysema and was about to be released from hospital following a battle with COVID-19, had full-time custody of an eight-year-old child, was undergoing regular counselling for PTSD and monthly painkilling injections after breaking his back two years ago.
Mr Ford also said COVID delays to the legal system meant Vimpani could be behind bars for a long time before having a chance to defend the charges.
However Magistrate Viney said any time in custody awaiting trial would be small compared to the time Vimpani would serve if convicted.
She also noted the strength of the prosecution case before refusing bail, and ordering Vimpani to reappear before the court on December 21.
Vimpani was arrested earlier in the day after police executed a search warrant at a Nowra home.
During the search detectives seized a vehicle and clothing for forensic examination.
Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Walpole from the Homicide Squad said more arrests were expected.
Vimpani was the second person charged over Mr McArthur's killing.
Earlier in the week police arrested 39-year-old Raymond Allen of Nowra and charged him with Mr McArthur's murder.
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