Dean Laidley to return home after completing rehab in Geelong

Former North Melbourne coach Dean Laidley has completed an inpatient rehabilitation program in Geelong and will return home after successfully varying the conditions of his bail.

Mr Laidley is charged with stalking, using a carriage service to menace and other offences after his arrest outside a woman's home in St Kilda on May 2.

Dean Laidley.Credit:Getty Images

The 53-year-old was granted bail on May 11 over allegations he sent dozens of aggressive phone calls and text messages to a woman.

His case returned to Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday, when Mr Laidley's lawyer, Rob Stary, applied for bail to be varied so Mr Laidley could continue treatment as an outpatient from his home in Moonee Ponds.

Mr Laidley was staying at a Geelong rehabilitation facility, after facing allegations he sent dozens of aggressive phone calls and text messages to a woman.

Police allege that between April 4 and May 2, Mr Laidley tried to contact the woman more than 100 times in phone calls, voice and text messages and emails and that he also took photographs of her home and car in an underground car park.

Police also allege that on April 4, Mr Laidley was verbally abusive and aggressive and called the woman a "slut" and a "c—" and also said, "I am going to ram you with the car when you leave".

The former coach appeared via videolink and was not in court. His bail was connected to a charge of stalking.

Photographs which showed Mr Laidley wearing a woman's wig and make-up while being interviewed by officers inside a police station are the subject of a separate investigation by Victoria Police's professional standards command.

A sketch of Mr Laidley at an earlier hearing.Credit:Nine News

On May 11, Mr Laidley was granted bail to stay at the rehabilitation clinic after the court heard he had problems with mental health, substance abuse and gender dysphoria.

A group of high-profile AFL figures, including former coaches Denis Pagan, Guy McKenna and Mark Williams, have previously written character references for Mr Laidley, along with former North Melbourne teammates Wayne Schwass and Brent Harvey, and former club chairman James Brayshaw.

He will next face court on December 14.

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