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Sunday 21 September 2014

State drops case against father of Celtic star

Declan Brennan

Published 04/04/2014 | 02:30

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Celtic's Anthony Stokes celebrates his goal against Partick Thistle during their Scottish Premier League soccer match at Firhill Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland March 26, 2014.REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Anthony Stokes

The State has dropped charges against the publican father of soccer star Anthony Stokes and two other men accused of demanding that another pub close within 24 hours.

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John Stokes (55), described as the owner of the Players Lounge in Fairview, Dublin; Daryl Mulcahy (21), of Matt Talbot Court; and Derek Nolan (30), from north Dublin, had pleaded not guilty to demanding with menaces that Shane Simpson close the Castle Inn public house in Summerhill "within 24 hours" on March 13, 2011.

Mr Stokes, whose son Anthony plays for Celtic and who has an address in the UK, had also pleaded not guilty to the assault of Shane Simpson at the Castle Inn on the same date.

The three men went on trial in April last year but the trial collapsed following several legal issues and Judge Carmel Stewart discharged the jury in the trial.

Paul Carroll, prosecuting, told Judge Mary Ellen Ring at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday that the Director of Public Prosecutions was entering a nolle prosequi on all outstanding counts.

Mr Stokes had also been charged with unlawfully possessing cocaine worth €200 and two stun guns at the Players Lounge, on April 8, 2011. These charges have also been dropped, the court heard.

Irish Independent

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