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Saturday 23 September 2017

Soccer star charged after gardai seize €240k of cannabis

Robert Bayly appeared in court and was remanded in custody
Robert Bayly appeared in court and was remanded in custody

A former Leeds United and Ireland youth team footballer has been remanded in custody after he was charged over a cannabis seizure in Dublin.

Ex-League of Ireland player Robert Bayly (29) will face his next hearing on Thursday.

Cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €240,000 was seized when gardai stopped a car at Cherry Orchard Drive, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10, on Friday at around 6.45pm.

Arrested

Mr Bayly was arrested at the scene and taken to Ronanstown Garda Station, where he was detained for questioning.

He appeared before Judge Victor Blake during a weekend sitting of Dublin District Court.

The currently unsigned midfielder, from Ballyfermot, is charged with possessing cannabis with intent to sell or supply.

Dressed in a green top and tracksuit bottoms, he remained silent during the brief hearing.

Garda Neil McGrath told the court that, when he charged Bayly on Saturday evening, the accused made no reply. There was no application for bail.

Defence solicitor Wayne Kenny told the court he had serious concerns for the mental health of his client, who has not yet indicated how he will plead.

The judge directed that Mr Bayly would receive medical attention in prison. He also agreed to Mr Kenny's request to grant legal aid to the defendant, who was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Thursday.

As a youth, Bayly signed for Leeds United in 2006 and spent two seasons 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 club, who announced in March he had left by mutual consent.

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

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

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