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Brett Stewart, Ex “Face of Rugby League,” Admitted to Possessing Cocaine and Pleaded Guilty

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ByDavid Brown

Jun 23, 2023
Brett Stewart pleads guilty to cocaine possession
David Brown

During a law enforcement search on Sydney’s Northern Beaches in March, Brett Stewart, the former fullback of the Manly Sea Eagles rugby league team, was found to have 0.61 grams of cocaine on him. 

However, upon his guilty plea for one count of drug possession in Manly Local Court on Wednesday, his lawyer argued that the quantity was likely to be less than 0.5 grams, taking into account the bag it was in. 

The lawyer also emphasized that this was an isolated incident, as Stewart had no prior convictions except for a driving offense. He further stated that this did not reflect a pattern of disobedience on Stewart’s part.

Who is Brett Stewart

Brett Stewart, a former rugby league player who won two premierships and played for Australia and NSW in State of Origin, was a well-known person in the sport during his prime. He played 233 games for the Manly team between 2003 and 2016 before retiring in 2017. According to his lawyer, Stewart was once the face of rugby league in 2009, a statement that was acknowledged by Magistrate Robert Williams in response. The court did not register a conviction despite the guilty plea made by Stewart for drug possession.

The Charges

The option to dismiss the charge was presented to Magistrate Robert Williams, but he instead decided to issue a conditional release order, which mandates that Stewart must not engage in any further criminal activities for a period of nine months. The evidence provided by a doctor and lawyers was accepted by the court. While acknowledging that Stewart is highly regarded in the community, the magistrate expressed concern over his behavior.

Magistrate Robert Williams commented that the community has been expressing concern about the drug industry, and having even a small amount of drugs can contribute to the problem, causing harm to the community as a whole. Brett Stewart left the court accompanied by his lawyers, without making any statements.

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