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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Ireland star Stokes admits assaulting Elvis impersonator

Footballer Anthony Stokes
Footballer Anthony Stokes

Irish international footballer Anthony Stokes has admitted assaulting an Elvis impersonator at a nightclub in Dublin.

Stokes (27) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Anthony Bradley at Buck Whaleys on Leeson Street Lower, Dublin city on June 8, 2013.

He will be sentenced next month.

The case had been listed for trial on November 22 next and was due to last two days.

Victim

Diarmuid Collins BL, prosecuting, asked the court yesterday to vacate the trial date and for a victim impact report to be prepared.

Judge Melanie Greally set a sentence date of December 20 next when facts will be heard in the case and remanded Stokes, of Claremont Terrace, Glasgow, on continuing bail.

The incident happened in June 2013 at a south city nightspot several hours after an international between Ireland and the Faroe Islands at the Aviva Stadium.

It is understood the incident took place in the VIP area of Buck Whaleys' after Mr Bradley had a drink spilled on him.

The Ballyfermot Elvis impersonator was treated for a suspected broken nose and chipped teeth following the incident. Stokes was first arrested by gardai and questioned in August 2013.

He had been released without charge at the time and a garda file was sent to the DPP, who decided to prosecute him.

On March 6, 2014, Stokes met gardai by arrangement at Chancery Street. He was taken to the Bridewell Garda Station where he was charged with assaulting and injuring the Elvis impersonator.

Charges

In October 2014, Stokes was sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on District Court charges of assault causing harm. Yesterday's hearing was the first time that Stokes indicated to the court that he was prepared to plead guilty.

Last June, Stokes - who has nine Irish caps - joined Blackburn from Celtic in a three-year deal. Stokes began his career at Arsenal and also played for Sunderland and Hibernian.

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