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Labourer granted bail on drug, assault charges

FORMER Gladstone rugby player Brandon James Gilchrist has been granted bail on drug trafficking charges and unrelated serious assault matters.

Gilchrist, 20, a labourer, appeared in custody at both the District Court in Gladstone and Magistrates Court on the separate matters after being arrested by police this week for failing to appear in January.

His lawyer Cassandra Ditchfield argued that his failure was drug related.

Ms Ditchfield said drug use had affected Gilchrist's recall but was making "giant leaps" in his efforts to clean up his drug use.

The police prosecutor told court Gilchrist had locked himself in a bedroom to avoid police after officers arrived at the house where he was.

Gilchrist was fined $500 for failing to attend court and will go to trial on a date to be set on a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm.

In the drug charges police accused Gilchrist of trafficking in methylamphetamine from his motor vehicle.

However, Ms Ditchfield told the court the evidence was not strong with police making references to text messages found on a mobile phone.

She said there was no mention in police facts on whether it was "a tick sheet" or transaction list.

In applying for Gilchrist's bail on the drug matters Ms Ditchfield said the allegations involved an amount of 4.7grams.

She told the court that it was not necessarily the case that if convicted he would serve jail time.

Prosecutor Sgt Merrilyn Hoskins said Gilchrist was arrested in December during an undercover police operation.

She said a search of his vehicle also found drug paraphernalia along with $840.

Granted bail with regular reporting conditions to Gladstone police, Gilchrist will face a committal hearing on the drug matters in August.

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