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Monday 18 December 2017

Soccer star Bayly faces trial over €240,000 cannabis seizure

Robert Bayly
Robert Bayly

A League of Ireland player has been sent forward for trial in connection with a €240,000 cannabis seizure in Dublin.

Former Leeds United and Republic of Ireland youth team footballer Robert Bayly (29) was served with a book of evidence yesterday.

Cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €240,000 was allegedly seized when gardai stopped a car at Cherry Orchard Drive, Ballyfermot, at about 6.45pm on May 12.

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

He was remanded in custody during a court hearing on May 13, but bail was set four days later in his own bond of €200 and he was released.

He faced his fourth hearing when he appeared before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court yesterday. A connected charge for possessing drugs worth €13,000 or more was brought.

Passport

Gda Neil McGrath told Judge Walsh that Mr Bayly had no reply when the new charge was put to him. He has not yet indicated how he will plead.

The DPP directed he must face trial on indictment in the circuit court.

Judge Walsh made an order sending him forward for trial on bail to appear at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on November 3.

He was warned that he must notify the prosecution within 14 days if he intended to use an alibi in his defence. He said "yes" when asked if he understood.

His solicitor, Niall O'Connor, said an application will be made later to have his client's passport returned to him. Earlier, the court heard he needed it for employment purposes. Legal aid was granted.

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

He played for Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians, Monaghan United, Longford Town, Drogheda United, Bluebell United, Waterford FC and Shelbourne.

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

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