Former NRL player Darrell Wayne Trindall has told a court his time behind bars while on remand charged with domestic violence offences has been “just what I needed”.
Mr Trindall, 50, faced the NSW Supreme Court via video link on Friday having previously pleaded not guilty to common assault, stalking or intimidating in a domestic violence context, and two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm.
He was granted bail after Justice Mark Ierace said he was satisfied Mr Trindall would follow the strict conditions, including participating in a rehabilitation program.
“I’m now satisfied that the conditions provide some assurance to the court that you will in fact follow through with the rehabilitation program,” Justice Ierace said.
“But can I just make clear that it is very important that you do attend that program and give it your best shot. It’s a condition of your bail so that if you don’t you’ll be back in custody.”
Mr Trindall thanked the judge for granting him bail.
“I understand and I thank you very much. This is my first time in jail and this is just what I needed,” he said.
“I won’t touch anything and I will do exactly what the court orders me to do.”
Mr Trindall has been in custody since March 7.
Justice Ierace noted that at the time of the charges being laid, Mr Trindall was on bail over a charge of common assault in a domestic violence context.
“I accept that the applicant has reached a point of realisation that at the age of 50 he needs to do something about an issue that has plagued him for sometime — namely, his misuse of alcohol,” Justice Ierace said.
“I wish you well and hope you get some benefit from the program.”
Mr Trindall is scheduled to face a court hearing early next year.
He played 171 games for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canterbury Bulldogs between 1990 and 2002.