Footballer in court charged with Dublin nightclub assault

Thursday 06 March 2014 21.46
Anthony Stokes was arrested earlier on an assault charge
Anthony Stokes was arrested earlier on an assault charge

A striker for the Republic of Ireland football team has appeared in court charged with assaulting a man in a Dublin nightclub last summer.

Anthony Stokes, 25, who also plays for Celtic, is accused of assault causing harm to Anthony Bradley at Buck Whaleys nightclub on Leeson Street on 8 June 2013.

Mr Bradley - a 42-year-old Elvis impersonator - was treated for a suspected broken nose and chipped teeth following an incident there.

Garda Noel Gibbons from Pearse Street Garda Station gave evidence that he arrested Mr Stokes by arrangement at Chancery Street in Dublin this afternoon and brought him to Bridewell Garda Station.

He said that when Mr Stokes was charged with assault causing harm he made no reply after caution.

The court was told that the DPP has directed summary disposal of the case, which means that it will be dealt with in the district court.

Evidence was also given that there has already been a large amount of disclosure in the case and that the prosecution had no objection to a lengthy remand.

The court heard that Mr Stokes has co-operated as much as he can with gardaí and there was no objection to bail.

Judge Michael Walsh told him to give gardaí his mobile phone number and that he must appear in court on each occasion, before granting him bail on his own bond of €1,000 and remanding the case for 12 weeks.

He is due back in court on 29 May.