Drugs charges against the Gold Coast Titans’ Greg Bird and Kalifa Faifai Loa, and former team-mate Ashley Harrison have been dismissed in Southport Magistrates Court due to a lack of evidence.
Bird was first to appear this morning and the court found phone transcripts of alleged drug deals was inadmissible in court.
The former Australian representative was caught up in an alleged cocaine syndicate dismantled by Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) last year, with prosecutors alleging he used coded conversations with accused kingpin John Touma to arrange a supply of cocaine for his buck’s party.
“At the end of the day, there is a lot of speculation, there is suspicion, but there is lacking proof of Bird being involved in a conspiracy,” Magistrate Chris Callaghan told the court on Thursday.
Harrison followed, and the magistrate said the two drug supply charges against him were weaker than those against Bird, consequently Harrison’s charges were also dismissed as were those against Faifai Loa.
The decisions follow Wednesday’s court decision to dismiss four drugs charges against former Titans hooker Beau Falloon.
Outside the court, Bird thanked his legal team and said he would now focus on preparing for next season.
“I’m very happy that finally we can put this behind us,” the former Gold Coast captain said.
“Now I can focus on my recovery and my family, and hopefully next year’s season at the Titans.”
Harrison refused to comment as he walked away from court.
Other current and former Titans players Dave Taylor, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Jamie Dowling and Joe Vickery are also appearing in court hoping to have drug charges against them dismissed.
A total of 20 charges relating to possession and supply of cocaine were handed down to the seven Titans players, and Falloon’s girlfriend Elise Abood, in March following the CCC investigation.
– with AAP