Bail terms relaxed for soccer star charged over drug seizure

Robert Bayly
Robert Bayly

A JUDGE has reduced the bail conditions imposed in the case of a League of Ireland star charged over a €240,000 cannabis seizure in Dublin.

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 seven 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 fourth hearing when he appeared before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court on Thursday.

His solicitor Niall O’Connor had told the court earlier 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 daily signing-on condition removed and he requires his passport for employment purposes.

Judge Walsh was told today that there was no garda objection to lifting the signing-on requirement. 

Judge Walsh deleted that condition from the bail.

Mr O’Connor said he will contact the investigating garda in relation to having the passport returned. Judge Walsh said the defence must give gardai at least 48 hours notice if an application is to be made in court in relation to allowing Mr Bayly have his passport back.

The court heard that directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) have been delayed as a result of waiting for a certificate of analysis from the Garda forensic laboratory. The rest of the file has been prepared, Judge Walsh was told.

Mr Bayly, who did not address the court, was remanded on continuing bail to appear again in September.

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.

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.