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Stokes's dad has pub threats case put back

DUBLIN pub owner John Stokes who is accused of assault, possession of stun guns and threatening another publican to stop trading, had his case put back at Dublin District Court.

The 54-year-old father of Celtic striker Anthony Stokes and owner of the Players Lounge pub in Fairview was present in court and was remanded on continuing bail.

The court heard yesterday that "tracking forms" in the case had been filled out but had unfortunately gone missing and also the direction of the DPP in the case was still awaited. Judge William Hamill set dates of January 27 for disclosure in the care and February 17 for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Stokes and Alan Ryan (30), of Grange Abbey Drive, Donaghmede, Daryl Mulcahy (19), with an address at Matt Talbot Court, and Derek Nolan (29), of Seacliff Road, in Baldoyle 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, to Shane Simpson, the former leaseholder of the Castle public house, in Summerhill, in the north inner city of Dublin, to cease trading and "close within 24 hours".

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

The case had been adjourned to allow the book of evidence to be completed. The court heard this was still not ready.

In September, additional charges were brought against Stokes for possessing two stun guns at his pub on April 8 and assaulting Shane Simpson at the Players Lounge, on March 13 last.