Stokes is in, Deep, Shit, this Time?

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Former Ireland footballer Anthony Stokes charged in connection with alleged driving and drugs incident

Stokes, 34, who is wanted in Scotland after failing to appear at a court sentencing hearing, was pulled over by gardai following the alleged incident in Crumlin in Dublin early yesterday

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Tallaght Stadium, Dublin 25/6/2021
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Anthony Stokes before the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Anthony Stokes pictured before Shamrock Rovers vs Drogheda United at SSE Airtricity League Premier Divisiongame at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin, 25/6/2021 (Image: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson)

Former Republic of Ireland footballer Anthony Stokes has been charged in connection with an alleged dangerous driving incident in which gardai say a quantity of suspected drugs were also found.

Stokes, 34, who is wanted in Scotland after failing to appear at a court sentencing hearing, was pulled over by gardai following the alleged incident in Crumlin in Dublin early yesterday. Gardai believed the vehicle was driving dangerously, and after bringing it to a controlled stop, discovered Mr Stokes in the driver’s seat.

Another male, who is in his 30s, was also in the vehicle – and both were arrested and detained at Crumlin Garda Station overnight. During the search of the vehicle, gardai discovered a quantity of suspected drugs – estimated to be worth around €4,500.

Both were questioned in Crumlin Garda Station before they were charged in connection with the alleged dangerous driving incident. They were then released from the station and have yet to be given a formal date to appear in court in relation to the charge.

Gardai confirmed the arrest and charge of the duo – as well as the discovery of a quantity of a substance officers believe to be drugs which has been sent for analysis. A spokesperson for the force said: “Gardai arrested two men (aged in their 30s) in the early hours of Friday morning, 6th January 2023 in relation to incidents of dangerous driving in Dublin 12

“A quantity of drugs was also recovered from the offending vehicle. Both men were detained in Crumlin Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 and have been charged in relation to this.

“They have since been bailed and are due to appear before court at a later date.”

Stokes is still wanted on the foot of an arrest warrant issued in Scotland last September in relation to an ongoing sentencing hearing that he failed to attend. The warrant for Stokes’ arrest came after he failed to show up in Hamilton Sheriff Court – despite being on bail in Scotland having been arrested and sent there from Northern Ireland last year.

The former Celtic player was banned from contacting his former partner and her mother for four years in September 2019 and was handed four-year non-harassment orders after he admitted stalking. At the time, sentencing was deferred for Stokes to be of good behaviour.

But the footballer later admitted breaching the non-harassment orders by repeatedly sending emails and texts to his ex and calling her mum in November and December 2019. He also admitted causing his ex-partner fear or alarm by repeatedly sending her messages between November 16 and December 3, 2019 in which he did “swear and utter offensive remarks”.

He also admitted repeatedly telephoning her parents to “utter inappropriate and offensive remarks” about her. Following his failure to appear in court for sentencing, Sheriff Alasdair MacFadyen ordered a warrant for his arrest in the brief hearing. Stokes was capped internationally for Ireland nine times and played for teams including Hibernian and Sunderland.

Now the wanted athlete has turned up in Dublin – and is facing a charge before the courts here. It is understood that the case is not expected to be heard in the courts until February.

Stokes has been making headlines over the last number of years for a variety of damaging incidents. The striker once headbutted Elvis Presley impersonator Anthony Bradley in a Dublin nightclub and never paid a court-ordered €230,000 to the victim.

Stokes was given a two-year suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Court for head-butting Mr Bradley in the shocking incident which occurred at Buck Whaleys nightclub in 2013.

Mr Bradley suffered a broken nose, broken teeth and serious effects on his mental health from the assault. This meant he lost his job as a security man at Dublin’s Gresham Hotel and had to set aside impersonating Elvis.

Mr Bradley, who said he’s long since forgiven Stokes, previously told this paper that the footballer had a chance to turn his life around. He added: “He made some mistakes, but nothing that can’t be put right. Then he can get back to what he does best, on the field.”

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