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Saffin free despite allegedly breaching $250,000 bail

EDWARD 'Ned' Saffin remains free despite allegedly breaching his $250,000 bail by failing to report to police.

He was excused from appearing at Ballina Local Court last week but was represented by his solicitor Tracey Randall.

The 31-year-old father of one is charged with two counts of failing to comply with reporting obligations.

Saffin has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Court documents revealed Saffin was granted strict conditional bail in December last year after a $250,000 surety was lodged.

Saffin must report to police at Ballina on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and reside at a home at Richmond Hill.

He is not allowed to leave the house unless in the company of his mother, former Page MP Janelle Saffin, or her business partner James Gallagher, or an adult authorised by either of them.

The court ordered Saffin not to go to Lismore, Byron Bay or Murwillumbah unless attending court.

Before his release, Saffin was required to surrender his passport and agree not to enter any licensed premises while on bail.

Ms Randall asked Magistrate R Denes to set a hearing date for Saffin's matters to be heard.

Ms Denes adjourned Saffin's matters until a date in October for hearing at Ballina Local Court.

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