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No bail yet for officer on siege charges

AAP logoAAP 9/09/2016

A high-ranking South Australian police officer will spend at least another week in custody after a Supreme Court judge asked for more information before releasing him on bail on charges related to a siege in Adelaide.

Chief Inspector Ashley Francis Gordon, 54, came before the Supreme Court on Friday seeking to overturn an order in the Adelaide Magistrates Court preventing his release.

The court heard the case centred on the breakdown of Insp Gordon's marriage and his subsequent mental health issues.

He was charged last month after an incident at suburban Blackwood during which prosecutors alleged he threatened to shoot police officers, blow up his house and take his own life.

But defence counsel David Edwardson QC told Justice Ann Vanstone that after spending two weeks in a mental health facility and starting on medication, Insp Gordon's condition had improved.

He said the officer's ex-wife also supported his release on bail and said there was no evidence of him ever accessing a firearm of anything else to make good on the alleged threats he made.

In other words, "it's all words", Mr Edwardson said.

The prosecution has asked that if Insp Gordon was to be released, it should only be on strict home detention.

Justice Vanstone said she wanted more information related to several aspects of the case including the residence where the defendant would live.

She adjourned the application to September 16.

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