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Fresh assault and possession charges for Celtic star's father

Tom Tuite

Published 10/09/2011 | 05:00

John Stokes, left, owner of The Players Lounge pub in Fairview, Dublin, and co-accused
Alan Ryan leaving Dublin District Court yesterday
John Stokes, left, owner of The Players Lounge pub in Fairview, Dublin, and co-accused Alan Ryan leaving Dublin District Court yesterday

A PUB owner accused of threatening another publican has had additional charges for assault and possession of cocaine and stun guns brought against him.

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John Stokes (54) -- father of Celtic striker Anthony Stokes and owner of the Players Lounge pub in Fairview, Dublin, which was gutted by fire during a robbery in August -- made his third court appearance yesterday.

He and Alan Ryan (30), of Grange Abbey Drive, Donaghmede; Daryl Mulcahy (19), with an address at Matt Talbot Court; and Derek Nolan (29), from Seacliff Road, Baldoyle, all in Dublin, were charged in May with making a demand with menace, on March 13, to Shane Simpson, the former leaseholder of the Castle public house in Summerhill, in Dublin's north inner city, to cease trading and "close within 24 hours".

Yesterday, three more charges were brought against Mr Stokes when he appeared before Judge Bryan Smyth at Dublin District Court.

Det Gda Damien Murphy told the court the publican said: "I have had enough, keep them", after he was charged with unlawfully possessing cocaine worth €200 at the Players Lounge, on April 8.

Mr Stokes made no reply when charged with possessing two stun guns at his pub on the same date.

When an additional charge was brought for allegedly assaulting Mr Simpson at the Players Lounge on March 13, he said: "That is untrue."

The drug possession charge will be dealt with in the District Court.

However, the pub owner's other charges are to be sent forward to the Circuit Court for trial on indictment.

Mr Stokes and his co-defendants were remanded on bail to appear again in November.

Irish Independent

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