Fallen AFL legend 'Dani' Laidley gets slap on the wrist for stalking

A bored 'Dani' Laidley needed to be telephoned by her high-profile lawyer to shut her up so she could be sentenced. 

The former AFL great, previously known as Dean, was caught on Wednesday talking non-stop about her victim while a vexed magistrate waited to carry out sentence. 

Laidley had appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court via videolink where she pleaded guilty to stalking her estranged girlfriend.  

A court sketch of former AFL player and coach Laidley during a bail hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court earlier this year

A court sketch of former AFL player and coach Laidley during a bail hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court earlier this year

Court heard AFL legend Dean 'Dani' Laidley stalked his terrified victim, taking photos of her home and texting her almost 50 times in one night

Court heard AFL legend Dean 'Dani' Laidley stalked his terrified victim, taking photos of her home and texting her almost 50 times in one night

Police keep guard as Dean Laidley leaves Melbourne Assessment Prison in Melbourne in May.  She spent nine days behind bars before receiving bail

Police keep guard as Dean Laidley leaves Melbourne Assessment Prison in Melbourne in May.  She spent nine days behind bars before receiving bail

'I'm sorry someone is talking about the case in the background and they'll just have to mute themselves, we can hear clearly what's being put,' Magistrate Jack Vandersteen told the court. 

'See this is the thing right,' Laidley continued as the magistrate ordered his clerk to mute the entire online courtroom.

When the sound was switched on moments later, Laidley continued to talk about her case to someone else in the room. 

The magistrate repeatedly asked Laidley, who continues to appear as Dean on court systems, to respond so he could carry out his sentence. 

The hearing had already been going for almost an hour. 

'Where is that coming from?' he asked his clerk. 

'Ms Laidley,' the clerk responded.  

The disgraced ex-Kangaroo only piped-down after her embarrassed lawyer, Rob Stary, asked if he could go outside and call his client. 

When she finally tuned in, the magistrate applauded her for her efforts to rehabilitate herself following her terrifying behaviour. 

'Ultimately, you have done the right thing,' Mr Vandersteen, who only last week ordered Laidley to write a 'letter of gratitude' to a police officer working at the same station where photos of the AFL legend dressed as a woman were leaked. 

He sentenced Laidley to an 18-month good behaviour bond, without conviction or even a fine.  

If Laidley had been listening earlier, he would have heard a swag of damning, uncontested facts, labelled against him. 

On May 1, the day before the then 53-year-old was arrested wearing a wig and dress, police said she sent a text message to his victim that 'appeared to be for someone else,' and later placed flowers on her car.  

The text message read: 'She said she was staying home tonight... Wasn't seeing him the whole weekend. She did say that then I repeated it later and she said no I like to stay home Friday nights. Nothing changes, bulls**t lies again,' police claimed.

Laidley had been high on methamphetamine - the deadly drug known as ice. 

The following day she sent the woman, whom had been living in an apartment jointly owned by the pair, 43 text messages in breach of an intervention order that had been in place since April 16. 

On May 1, the day before Laidley was arrested wearing a wig and dress, police allege she sent a text message to her victim that 'appeared to be for someone else,' (Pictured: A mock up of the text message)

On May 1, the day before Laidley was arrested wearing a wig and dress, police allege she sent a text message to her victim that 'appeared to be for someone else,' (Pictured: A mock up of the text message)

Dean Laidley makes a Maccas run after her release from jail in May.

Dean Laidley makes a Maccas run after her release from jail in May. 

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