Ex-AFL coach Dean Laidley bailed to attend rehab

Former AFL player and coach Dean Laidley has been granted bail to attend a residential rehabilitation facility and says he is looking forward to getting the help he needs.

Ex-AFL coach Dean Laidley bailed to attend rehab

Former AFL player and coach Dean Laidley has been granted bail to attend a residential rehabilitation facility and says he is looking forward to getting the help he needs.

Magistrate Kieran Gilligan made the decision on Laidley's release in court today.

The ex-West Coast Eagles and North Melbourne player has been behind bars since May 2, when he was arrested over accusations he had been stalking a woman.

Former teammates, coaches and club doctors have lined up with letters of reference for the 53-year-old, who is battling longstanding mental health issues.

Laidley is accused of stalking a woman, with whom he's in a financial dispute over a property.

He phoned her 43 times on May 2, police told Melbourne Magistrates Court today.

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It's also alleged he contacted her body corporate asking for CCTV footage, which prosecutors argue was to stalk her.

Laidley's barrister, Phil Dunn QC, said his client was fighting allegations he had been involved in aggressive confrontations with the woman at the apartment complex and suggested CCTV footage could be used as evidence that she was not telling the truth about their interactions.

He asked that Laidley be released into the care of a 24-hour residential rehabilitation clinic where he'll receive treatment for longstanding issues including gender dysphoria and substance abuse.

"He's not a bad man. He needs help and he's prepared to accept this help," Mr Dunn said.

Former AFL coaches Mark Williams, Guy McKenna and Denis Pagan wrote references for Laidley, as did his former North Melbourne teammates Brent Harvey and Wayne Schwass and ex-club president James Brayshaw.

Mr Dunn said Laidley had lived in a structured football bubble for 30 years and issues had crept to the surface since leaving the AFL.

"This man here now is a very different person to those who knew him and knew him well," he said.

He said there were serious concerns for Laidley's mental health.

Mr Dunn also referenced the leaking of photos of Laidley in custody. Four officers have been suspended and are expected to be charged.

The AFL Players Association will fund Laidley's in-house care at the facility, which offers 24-hour supervision, drug testing and treatment.

An officer said police had concerns Laidley would offend if he was released.

He told the court Laidley had taken a number of photos of the property where the complainant lived, as well as asking for CCTV footage, and he had repeatedly called and sent her text messages.

After he was arrested, police found 0.3g of crystals in a plastic bag inside an adhesive bra Laidley was wearing, as well as loose crystals believed to be methamphetamine, the officer said.

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Man's body found in home 'possibly weeks' after death

Police are appealing for witnesses after the body of a 44-year-old man was found inside a Queensland home with signs he had been there for weeks.

Man's body found in home 'possibly weeks' after death

Police are appealing for witnesses after the body of a 44-year-old man was found inside a Queensland home with signs he had been there for weeks.

The body of Fernando Farias was discovered on Wednesday by police who stopped by his Cooloola Cove home, near Gympie, for a welfare check.

Officers said there was evident fire damage at the house on Atlantis Avenue.

"It's an unexplained death, given the level of decomposition of the body and some fire damage at the house there are a number of things that are left unexplained," Detective Acting Inspector Wade Lee said.

"We just want to understand the life patterns of the deceased."

Insp. Lee said Mr Farias's body was not located near where the fire was started.

"But in saying that, the fire damage was around the body," Insp Lee said.

Insp. Lee said police could not reveal what injuries Mr Farias had suffered and officers were trying to piece together a timeline of when the fire was lit.

Police say it was possible Mr Farias had been there for a number of weeks and are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

"He has got a number of relatives, we're still attempting to establish his exact family picture," Insp. Lee said.

Mr Farias was last seen driving a black Toyota Hilux single-cab utility in Brisbane on or around April 24.

Authorities believe his trip to Brisbane, 250 kilometres from Cooloola Cove, could be linked to his demise.

Police have released an image of Mr Farias and are requesting any members of the public who may have seen him on or around April 24 in Brisbane to contact them.

- Reported with AAP

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