Anthony Stokes faces trial for headbutting Elvis impersonator in Dublin nightclub

Thursday 31 July 2014 17.10
Anthony Stokes has not yet entered a plea to the assault charge
Anthony Stokes has not yet entered a plea to the assault charge

Republic of Ireland and Celtic striker Anthony Stokes has been sent forward for trial accused of headbutting a man in a Dublin nightclub.

The striker has been charged with assaulting Elvis impersonator Anthony Bradley, 42, during an alleged row about a spilled drink, at Buck Whaleys, on Leeson Street, on 8 June last year.

A book of evidence was served on him by arresting Garda Noel Gibbons at Dublin District Court.

Judge Michael Walsh told the footballer that he was now being returned for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he is to face his next hearing on 10 October.

He has not yet entered a plea.

Mr Stokes, dressed in grey suit and white shirt, was also given the standard warning that if he intended to rely on an alibi in his defence he must furnish the particulars to the prosecution within 14 days.

The Celtic striker, who was accompanied to court by his father John Stokes, nodded and said yes when asked if he understood.

The judge also ordered copies of video evidence to be handed over to the defence.

The striker's solicitor Michael Staines said that if his client is unable to attend court on the next date he will notify Det Garda Des Rogers of Pearse Street Garda Station.

Mr Staines also told Judge Walsh that free legal aid was not required.

Mr Stokes, 26, who is from Dublin, is charged with assault causing harm to Mr Bradley, who is from Ballyfermot in Dublin.

The DPP had originally directed summary disposal meaning the district court would be a suitable trial venue, however during a preliminary hearing on 29 May, Judge Conal Gibbons did not agree.

A summary of the allegations and medical reports on the complainant's injuries had been furnished leading to his ruling that the case was too serious to be dealt with at district court level which, on conviction, can impose a maximum sentence of 12 months for the alleged offence.

This means Stokes, who lives at Bellhaven Terrace, Glasgow, must faces a trial before a judge and jury at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has tougher sentencing powers.

In an outline of the evidence, Det Garda Rogers had told the district court earlier that it was alleged that on 8 June 2013, at Buck Whaleys nightclub, another unknown individual spilled a drink on the injured party and it is alleged Mr Stokes intervened and headbutted the injured party.

Two medical reports were then handed into court.