Cocaine charges against Titans players thrown out of court

UPDATE: GREG Bird has been cleared two of the cocaine charges against him in Southport Court this morning.

Teammate Kalifa Faifai Loa and former Titan Ashley Harrison also had charges against him dismissed due to a lack of evidence.

Outside court, a relieved Bird thanked his legal team.


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“I’m very happy that finally we can put this behind us,” he said.

“Now I can focus on my recovery and my family, and hopefully next year’s season at the Titans.”

MORE TO COME.

EARLIER: PAST and present Gold Coast Titans players will return to court today, a day after drug charges laid against teammate Beau Falloon were dismissed.

Greg Bird, Kalifa Fai Fai Loa and Ashley Harrison will be boosted by the fact charges against Falloon were tossed out of court due to a lack of evidence.

The trio were due to have their cases heard in Southport Magistrates Court yesterday but they had to be moved.

Also set to appear today are current and former Titans Joe Vickery, Dave Taylor and Jamie Dowling.

Southport Magistrate Christopher Callaghan will deliver his judgment on Bird and Harrison on Thursday after their lawyer argued the pair’s defence mirrored that of Falloon.

Mr Callaghan dismissed the four charges of possession against the 28-year-old Falloon because the circumstantial evidence against him were mere inferences “to the 15th degree”.

Several Titans were charged over the cocaine scandal after Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission last year uncovered an alleged drug ring.

Accused kingpin John Touma, an Eastern Suburbs player of the 1980s, had ongoing contact with Falloon, Bird and Harrison from September 2014 using what the prosecution claims was coded language to disguise drug deals.

Prosecutor Michael Copley told the court each party understood what their text message and telephone conversations were about, even though it was never articulated.

He submitted dozens of intercepted interactions between Falloon and Touma, alleging phrases such as “firing up”, “the boots are on” and “catch up for a beer” were used to refer to drug transactions.

Falloon had also withdrawn a total of $950 in four separate transactions on one of the days he was in contact with Touma, Mr Copley said.

But Mr Callaghan said aspects of the prosecution’s argument were merely “inference upon inference upon inference, to the 15th degree”.

Mr Copley submitted more than 30 witness statements including that of code-hopper Karmichael Hunt, who was also charged over the cocaine scandal.

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