Friday 15 December 2017

Irish football star Stokes charged with assaulting Elvis impersonator in nightclub

Celtic player was arrested by appointment today and appeared before Dublin District Court

Republic of Ireland and Celtic football star Anthony Stokes pictured leaving Dublin District Court
Republic of Ireland and Celtic football star Anthony Stokes pictured leaving Dublin District Court

Andrew Phelan

REPUBLIC of Ireland and Celtic football star Anthony Stokes has appeared in court charged with assaulting and injuring an Elvis impersonator in a Dublin nightclub.

Stokes (25) was arrested by appointment today and brought before Dublin District Court accused of attacking the man in a nightspot in the south of the city 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 striker has not yet indicated how he intends to plead in the case.

Stokes had been on the squad for yesterday's international friendly match against Serbia and met the investigating gardai by appointment this afternoon.

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.

The charge is under Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Garda Noel Gibbons of Pearse Street Station told the court he met the defendant by arrangement at Chancery Street at 1.37pm. Stokes was taken to the Bridewell Garda Station where he was charged at 1.55pm. He made no reply after caution and was handed a copy of the charge sheet.

Det Gda Des Rogers said the DPP was directing summary disposal of the case at District Court level. He said a "large amount of disclosure" had been furnished to the defence and he was not objecting to a long remand.

Defence Solicitor Michael Staines said Stokes had met Garda Gibbons by appointment and had "co-operated so far" with the gardai. He had a new address which was furnished to the court.

Det Gda Rogers said no conditions of bail were sought.

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

He reminded Stokes he must appear "for each and every remand until the matter is disposed of". He also told the defendant to provide his mobile phone details to gardai.

Stokes, wearing a grey hooded top over a white t-shirt, blue jeans and black and white runners, did not address the court during the brief hearing.

He nodded to the judge to indicate he understood the bail terms and signed his bond when it was ready.

The incident is alleged to 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.

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