Soccer star charged over cannabis seizure bailed

Robert Bayly
Robert Bayly

A LEAGUE of Ireland star charged over a €240,000 cannabis seizure in Dublin has been admitted to bail.

Former Leeds United and Republic of Ireland youth team football player Robert Bayly, 29, was charged at the weekend and was remanded in custody for four days.

However, he was released on bail in his own bond of €200 when he faced his second hearing before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court.

He was ordered to appear again on June 29 next.

Bail terms compelling him to surrender his passport, to remain in the jurisdiction and to sign on daily at his local Garda station were imposed.

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. His solicitor Wayne Kenny had said he had concerns for the mental health of his client who 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 club, 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.