A charge against an Irish ice hockey player of bringing a “bankie” of dagga into Cape Town has been dropped.
Robert Leckey, 33, was arrested by Metro Police on Sunday on arrival with his national team at Cape Town International Airport.
Charged with possession of drugs, he made a brief appearance in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Police spokesman FC van Wyk said Leckey was allegedly found with a medium-sized money bag of dagga. However the charges against him were withdrawn.
Van Wyk did not know why the charges had been withdrawn.
Leckey and his team are participating in the 2013 Ice Hockey World Championships for six men’s Division lll teams in Cape Town at the GrandWest Ice Station in Goodwood from yesterday to Sunday.
Six international teams, including the South African national team, will be competing in 15 games to improve their global ranking.
Leckey was allowed to play in their opening game against Greece yesterday.
Team manager Jim Pepper declined to comment.
Faldie Samai, president of the Western Cape Ice Hockey Association said the incident was unfortunate.
Samai said Lackey will participate in the tournament and was expected to play against the South African team at 8pm tonight.