Hells Angels bikie Scott Orrock has been granted $10,000 bail on charges he torched a police van that had been parked outside his Newtown tattoo parlour.
As he appeared via video link, his barrister Deone Provera argued that his client should be freed on conditional bail citing his role as the owner and sole artist at Skin Deep Tattoo Studio, and his family's dependence on him, as major factors.
"He is the business," Mr Provera said.
Advertisement: Story continues below "His non-attendance at the business effectively guts the business."
He also submitted that Mr Orrock suffered from a number of conditions - including anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and insomnia - that would compound any jail time.
Police allege Mr Orrock, 47, set the police car on fire outside the tattoo shop 10 minutes after he asked officers to park elsewhere in the early hours of Friday morning.
It is claimed Mr Orrock went into Newtown police station about 3am and threatened police officers, telling them to move the car "or I'll burn it to the ground".
Mr Provera told Central Local Court the threats were made because the presence of the vehicle was "placing him and his family in danger".
Police said initial examinations showed the front side passenger window had been smashed in and accelerant poured over the interior.
Magistrate Julie Huber said the case against Mr Orrock was not strong when it came to the actual torching of the van, also noting there was no presumption either against or in favour of bail for the offences.
However, she said police should be allowed to do their jobs of protecting the community.
The police van was there to dissuade anyone from firing upon Mr Orrock's shop as part of what police have described as a conflict between two bikie gangs, the Hells Angels and the Nomads.
"The vehicle was parked in the near vicinity to the property in order to ensure that it didn't suffer damage as it had previously," she said.
Mr Orrock was a former high-ranking member of the Nomads but changed allegiances last year, one of a number of "patch-overs" that is understood to be in part fueling the current conflict.
Magistrate Huber ordered a surety of $10,000 be deposited before Mr Orrock is released, and he must agree to report to Marrickville police daily.
The case returns to court on June 7 at the Downing Centre.
Lisa Davies is the Herald's Crime Editor.