Anthony Stokes, former Arsenal and Ireland footballer who is charged with drug and monitoring offenses, has been remanded on continuing bail after he appeared before a court today, 4th of February, 2023.
The ex-Celtic player is charged with having cocaine for sale and supply, simple possession of the drug, and four counts of dangerous driving.
They issued the former Premier League player station bail to appear in Dublin District Court after first charging him with six offenses under the Misuse of Drugs Act and Road Traffic Act.
On January 6th of last year, following alleged incidents involving his driving in Dublin, Garda detained the 34-year-old and brought him to Crumlin station.
The ex-football player, who appeared in court wearing a black jacket, pants, and sneakers, was charged with four additional crimes shortly before the hearing.
As a 15-year-old, Stokes made his professional debut with Arsenal’s reserve squad.
In 2005, he made his debut with the first team after coming on as a substitute in a League Cup matches against Sunderland.
Later, when on loan at Falkirk, Stokes scored 16 times in 18 games for the club’s league and cup teams.
In 2007, the player was sold by Arsenal to Sunderland for £2 million.
He played 36 times before being loaned out to Sheffield United and Crystal Palace.
In addition to brief stints with clubs in Greece and Iran, Stokes eventually made his way back to the Scottish league, where he had previously played.
After being arrested on January 6, Mr. Stokes, of Wyckham Point, Dundrum, Dublin, was charged with unlawful possession of cocaine and possession with intent to sell and to deliver.
At the intersection of Walkinstown Avenue and Long Mile Road in Dublin 12, on Kennelsfort Road in Upper Ballyfermot in Dublin 20, on Ballyfermot Road in Dublin 10, and Walkinstown Avenue, he is charged with four charges of dangerous driving, including speeding.
He was further charged with failing to show his license and proof of insurance within ten days of his arrest on the same date and location (Knockmaroon Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15) and facing a fine of up to €2,500.
He didn’t object to bail, but he did want stipulations, like giving the court his address and phone number.
The defendant, who stood through the entire brief hearing without speaking, has not yet entered a plea.
His attorney, Lorraine Stephens, argued against the garda’s request for conditions, pointing out that her client had already been granted station bail for the more serious offenses.
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