SHANE Risby will remain in custody while he faces charges following a fire at Pride Park on Saturday.
Risby, 23, of Amaroo Crescent, faced Orange Local Court on Wednesday, charged with destroying property in company, causing fire and applied for bail.
The charge followed extensive damage to the grandstand in north Orange, which also damaged junior football gear inside.
Solicitor Andrew Abraham told the court the prosecution case was weak and there was no witness evidence to prove Risby lit the fire.
"It's very circumstantial," he said.
"Being at the scene isn't enough to establish beyond reasonable doubt."
Mr Abraham suggested Risby report to Orange Police Station daily during the week and submit to house arrest on weekends.
"He is hoping to seek employment," he said.
Mr Abraham said Risby would "fight [the charge] all the way", meaning he would be in custody for a long time before his case could be heard in the district court if bail was refused.
Magistrate Roger Prowse did not ask to hear from the police prosecutor, saying the case against Risby was strong.
"It's a very strong Crown case - there is a guarantee of a jail sentence if you are convicted," he said.
Risby was refused bail and will appear again in the court later this month.
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