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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Celtic star Anthony Stokes charged with assaulting 'Elvis' impersonator

Andrew Phelan

Published 07/03/2014 | 02:30

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Ireland and Celtic football star Anthony Stokes (25), of Bellhaven Terrace, Glasgow, leaving court where he appeared charged with assault causing harm to Anthony Bradley. Pic: Courtpix
Ireland and Celtic football star Anthony Stokes (25), of Bellhaven Terrace, Glasgow, leaving court where he appeared charged with assault causing harm to Anthony Bradley. Pic: Courtpix

Ireland and Celtic football star Anthony Stokes was remanded on bail after appearing in court charged with assaulting an Elvis impersonator in a nightclub.

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Mr Stokes (25) was arrested by appointment and brought before Dublin District Court accused of attacking the man in a Dublin club last year.

He was remanded on bail after Judge Michael Walsh was told he made no reply to the charge when it was formally put to him. The footballer has not yet indicated how he intends to plead.

Mr Stokes was in the squad for this week's international friendly match against Serbia and met investigating gardai by appointment yesterday.

The accused, with an address at Bellhaven Terrace, Glasgow, is charged with assault causing harm to Anthony Bradley (42) at Buck Whaley's nightclub on Leeson Street on June 8, 2013.

Garda Noel Gibbons told the court he met the defendant by arrangement at Chancery Street. Mr Stokes was taken to the Bridewell where he was charged.

Judge Walsh granted bail in the accused's own bond of €1,000, with no cash lodgment required. He is to appear in court again on May 29.

He reminded Mr Stokes he must appear "for each and every remand until the matter is disposed of".

The incident is alleged to have happened last June, several hours after an international between Ireland and the Faroe Islands at the Aviva Stadium.

Ballyfermot Elvis impersonator Anthony Bradley was treated for a suspected broken nose and chipped teeth following an incident in the nightclub.

Mr Stokes was first arrested by gardai and questioned in relation to the incident in August last year. He had been released without charge at the time and a garda file was sent to the DPP, who decided to prosecute him.

Irish Independent

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