Former AFL champ Ron De Iulio suffers a stroke amid ice allegations


Troubled footy star suffers a STROKE after being charged with possession of the deadly drug ice and a pile of unexplained cash

  • Ron De Iulio played more than 100 games with the Blues during the 1990s
  • Police charged him on June 18 in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD 
  • He suffered a stroke on October 7 and suffered neurological damage 
  • His lawyer, Zoe Davis, told a court the stroke was brought on by stress
  • De Iulio was unable to appear in court on Wednesday due to the stroke 
  • His lawyer had attempted to hide details of the allegations put against De Iulio 
  • Ms Davis told the magistrate it would be ‘disrespectful’ of him to reveal offences 


Former AFL star Ron De Iulio has suffered a life threatening stroke after allegedly being caught with methamphetamine and a pile of cash. 

The 49-year-old was allegedly found with a small quantity of the deadly drug known as ice and an unknown quantity of cash after being picked up by police in Melbourne’s CBD on June 18. 

It is understood police allege the cash was the proceeds of crime. 

Ron De Iulio was a top forward for the Blues during the 1990s. Although he was never picked to play in a Carlton Grand Final, despite the team playing in three of them

Lawyer Zoe Davis suggested a Victorian magistrate would be 'disrespectful' if he released Di Iulio's charge sheets. He did so anyway.

Lawyer Zoe Davis suggested a Victorian magistrate would be ‘disrespectful’ if he released Di Iulio’s charge sheets. He did so anyway. 

Ron De Iulio (left) suffered a stroke last month while facing a swag of drug related charges

Ron De Iulio (left) suffered a stroke last month while facing a swag of drug related charges 

The former star, who played more than 100 games with the Blues during the 1990s, was unable to stream into the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday due to the stroke. 

His lawyer, Zoe Davis, told the court De Iulio had suffered a ‘neurological and stress-related stroke’ on October 7 and was undergoing ‘significant rehabilitation’. 

She further revealed the former athlete was now hardly able to move at all. 

‘His physical health is drastically reduced. His psychological health is drastically reduced. He is now a risk, on top of the isolation, but where an individual has now lost mobility in a large part of their body,’ Ms Davis said. 

Such is De Iulio’a dire predicament, according to Ms Davis, he may suffer future developmental issues. 

‘He’s not able to attend physically by himself unassisted to many locations  that previously he would be able to,’ she said. 

The lawyer further suggested the stroke had almost certainly left De Iulio with a permanent ‘impairment’. 

‘It’s not self inflicted in anyway. It is directly related and can be affected by ongoing external influences of stress where he’s specifically ordered to not have such stress,’ she said. 

Ms Davis revealed De Iulio’s plight during an ill conceived quest to suppress information on her client’s charge sheets, which the media had applied access. 

In an extraordinary rant, the Sydney-based lawyer said she had been unprepared for the routine application, telling newly appointed Magistrate Jason Ong she felt it would ‘disrespectful’ to De lulio if the public were made aware of the allegations put by police against him. 

‘If I could appine, I don’t think it would be a respectful or necessary decision when considering the discretion that there is of your honours to perhaps exclude Mr De Iulio in his vulnerable position from the application,’ she said. 

Mr Ong was only appointed a magistrate in September after working as a lawyer and prosecutor for more than 20 years. 

Ms Davis went onto to suggest if De Iulio suffered further from the release of the information, it would be his fault. 

Ron De Iulio in better times. He kicked 29 goals in his first season with the Blues

Ron De Iulio in better times. He kicked 29 goals in his first season with the Blues 

Ron de Iulio kicks during training at Optus Oval in 2000. He would retire the same year

 Ron de Iulio kicks during training at Optus Oval in 2000. He would retire the same year 

‘If anything were to happen or there were to be stresses that flowed on from something that may be linked or correlated to an event or inquiries or aggravation that ensued from this being released, I think that the repercussions would far outweigh the benefit of the public interest,’ she told him. 

Ms Davis further submitted that she could not understand how there could be any public interest in the ex-footballer. 

‘It wouldn’t be something that I would be supporting, that something like this, at such an early stage with an individual in a health condition as Mr De Iulio to have something released to the media, where the purpose I wouldn’t really see any benefit at this stage,’ she said. 

Ms Davis said De Iulio had no previous criminal convictions, had made no admissions to the offences and would likely apply to be dealt with via the court’s diversion program, which deals softly with first offenders. 

Mr Ong dismissed Ms Davis’ further application for a suppression order and released De Iulio’s charge sheets.  

De Iulio’s matter will return to court next month where he also faces unrelated traffic matters. 

LIFE AND TIMES OF FALLEN BLUES STAR

Originally drafted by North Melbourne in 1991, De Iulio was traded to Carlton without playing a game for the Kangaroos.

In his first season at the Blues, De Iulio finished second on the club’s goal-scoring list behind club legend Stephen Kernahan, before finishing his AFL career as a backman.

He played 104 games for Carlton and kicked 71 goals between 1992 and 1999.

Carlton played in three grand finals during De Iulio’s time at the club, but he was not selected to play in any of them. 

After he was delisted in 2000, De Iulio has worked as a foreman in the construction industry.

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