Friday, September 16, 2022

Rebecca McCurdy, PA Scotland

An arrest warrant has been issued for a former Celtic and Republic of Ireland striker after he failed to appear in court for sentencing.

Anthony Stokes (34) was due to appear at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Friday after he admitted stalking his ex-girlfriend.

He 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.

Anthony Stokes
Anthony Stokes in action for Celtic in 2015 (Jeff Holmes/PA)

Stokes later admitted breaching the non-harassment orders by repeatedly sending emails and texts to his former girlfriend and repeatedly calling her mother 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”, and by repeatedly telephoning her parents to “utter inappropriate and offensive remarks” about her.

Stokes was due to be sentenced last month but was unable to attend as he had contracted Covid-19.

Following his failure to appear in court on Friday, Sheriff Alasdair MacFadyen ordered a warrant for his arrest in the brief hearing.

Stokes was capped internationally for the Republic of Ireland nine times during his career and played for a host of teams including Hibernian and Sunderland.

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