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Gardai given more time in publican threat case

A JUDGE yesterday allowed gardai more time to get directions from the DPP in the case of a pub owner accused of threatening another publican.

John Stokes (54), who runs the Players Lounge pub in Fairview -- and who is also the father of Celtic striker Anthony Stokes -- made his second court appearance yesterday.

Mr Stokes, along with co-defendants Alan Ryan (30), of Grange Abbey Drive, Donaghmede; Daryl Mulcahy (20), with an address at Matt Talbot Court, and Derek Nolan (29) from Seacliff Road, Baldoyle, had been charged last month under Section 17 of the Public Order Act for making a demand with menaces, on March 13, to a businessman.

Mr Stokes and his co- defendants, who are on bail, appeared again at Dublin District Court yesterday, where Garda Damien Kildea told Judge David McHugh that he was "seeking a remand for the DPP's directions".

The four men were ordered to appear again on a date in September.

Irish Independent