Wednesday 13 December 2017

Former Irish football star charged over €240,000 cannabis haul wants bail conditions relaxed, court hears

League of Ireland soccer star Robert Bayly will face his next hearing on Thursday. Photo: Sportsfile
League of Ireland soccer star Robert Bayly will face his next hearing on Thursday. Photo: Sportsfile

Tom Tuite

A LEAGUE of Ireland star charged over a €240,000 cannabis seizure in Dublin is looking to have his bail conditions relaxed, a court has heard.

Former Leeds United and Republic of Ireland youth team football player Robert Bayly, 29, was charged on May 13 last and was remanded in custody for four days.

However, bail in his own bond of €200 was set and he was released.

Over the past six weeks he has had to obey bail terms compelling him to surrender his passport, remain in the jurisdiction and sign on daily at his local Garda station.

He faced his third hearing when he appeared before Judge Gerard Jones at Dublin District Court.

His solicitor Niall O’Connor told Judge Jones that he wanted to canvas with gardai the issue of amending Mr Bayly’s bail terms. Mr O’Connor said his client was looking to have the signing-on condition lifted and he requires his passport for employment purposes.

Mr Bayly, dressed in a greater sweater, blue jeans and runners, did not address the court.

Judge Jones adjourned the case until a date in July for the bail conditions to be considered.

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Cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €240,000 was allegedly seized when Gardai stopped a car at Cherry Orchard Drive, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 on the evening of May 12 last at approximately 6.45pm.

The 29-year-old was arrested and taken to Ronanstown Garda Station where he was detained for questioning under Section Two of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996 before he was charged.

The currently unsigned midfielder, from Ballyfermot in Dublin, is charged with possessing cannabis with intent to sell or supply in connection with the seizure. The offence is contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act.

He made no reply when charged and has not yet indicated how he will plead.

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Bayly signed for Leeds United in 2006 and spent two season at Elland Road before returning to a distinguished League of Ireland career.

He has played for Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians, Monaghan United, Longford Town, Drogheda United, Bluebell United, Waterford FC and Shelbourne, his most recent team, which announced in March that he left the club by mutual consent.

The Dubliner was capped for the Republic of Ireland team at youth and under-19 level while playing for Cherry Orchard.

He also spent a season with Belfast club Cliftonville in 2015.

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