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Former NRL player Darrell Trindall has been granted bail on domestic violence charges after telling a judge his first time in jail was "just what I needed".
The 50-year-old has been in custody with bail refused since March 7 when he was charged with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, one of stalking/intimidating and one of common assault.
At the time of the alleged offences, he was on bail for an offence of common assault in a domestic violence context said to have occurred on October 10, 2021.
The former halfback made 171 NRL appearances for South Sydney and Canterbury-Bankstown between 1990 and 2002 in a career marred by off-field incidents.
In the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, Justice Mark Ierace granted him bail with conditions including he attend the Marrin Weejali rehabilitation program which addresses drug and alcohol issues of Indigenous people.
He told Trindall, who appeared via video link from jail, the importance of him attending the program, stressing it was a condition of his bail and urging him to give it his best shot.
"Yes, Your Honour I understand, thank you very much," he said.
"This is my first time in jail. It is just what I needed.
"I will do exactly what the court orders."
The judge said Trindall's subsequent sentence for the October offence included a 12-months community corrections order which included a supervision condition.
The condition that he obey and co-operate with any directions given by the supervisor gave the court an assurance that his attendance at the rehabilitation program could be ensured, he said.
Trindall's attendance would address the underlying themes involved in his criminal record which seemed to relate to his failure to get on top of his misuse of alcohol in particular.
He accepted that Trindall had reached a point of realisation about this misuse.
"I note also the matters with which he has been charged have been set down for hearing in January 2023, five months hence."
As well as attending the program, Trindall's bail conditions include abstaining from drugs and alcohol, being subject to a curfew and residing with his partner.
"Mr Trindall I wish you well and hope you get some benefit from the program," the judge concluded.
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