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Stokes case may not go to trial

A JUDGE has given the State a final chance to complete a book of evidence in the case of pub owner John Stokes, who is accused of threatening another publican to stop trading.

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.

The DPP has directed trial on indictment in relation to the four defendants who are to be tried in the Circuit Court.

However, before being returned for trial they must be served with a book of evidence which Judge Hugh O'Donnell heard yesterday was not yet completed.

Judge O'Donnell agreed that the case could be struck out if the book of evidence is not ready to be served on the four defendants when they appear again on January 20.

Mr Stokes and Alan Ryan (30), of Grange Abbey Drive, Donaghmede, Dublin; Daryl Mulcahy (19), with an address at Matt Talbot Court, Dublin; and Derek Nolan (29), from Seacliff Road, in Baldoyle, Dublin, had been charged in May under Section 17 of the Public Order Act.

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

Additional charges have also been brought against Mr Stokes for possessing two stun guns at his pub on April 8 and assaulting Shane Simpson at the Players Lounge, on March 13.

All four are subject to bail conditions stating that they cannot associate with each other and must stay away from Mr Simpson as well as Mr Simpson's brother Stephen.

Irish Independent