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Celtic striker's father sent for trial in threats to publican case

PUB owner John Stokes has been sent forward for trial after being charged with threatening a fellow publican to stop trading "within 24 hours".

The 54-year-old -- father of Celtic striker Anthony Stokes -- and owner of the Players Lounge pub in Fairview, appeared again at Dublin District Court yesterday along with three co-defendants.

He and Alan Ryan (30) of Grange Abbey Drive, Donaghmede, Dublin; Daryl Mulcahy (20) with an address at Matt Talbot Court, Dublin; and Derek Nolan (29) from Seacliff Road, in Baldoyle, Dublin, had originally been charged last May under Section 17 of the Public Order Act.

The charges allege they made a demand with menaces, on March 13 last, to Shane Simpson, the former leaseholder of the Castle public house, in Summerhill, in the north inner city Dublin, to cease trading and "close within 24 hours".

The DPP has directed "trial on indictment" and yesterday Mr Stokes and his co-defendants appeared at Dublin District Court to be served with books of evidence. Judge Hugh O'Donnell ordered that they were to be returned for trial at the present term of the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

All four, who have not yet indicated how they intend to plead to the charges, remained silent during the hearing and were remanded on continuing bail.

Irish Independent