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Arrest warrant issued for Anthony Stokes as footballer fails to appear in UK court

The former Celtic striker was expected at Hamilton Sheriff Court today for sentencing for stalking his ex-partner.

File photo of Anthony Stokes playing for Celtic in 2015.
File photo of Anthony Stokes playing for Celtic in 2015.
Image: Jeff Holmes/PA

AN ARREST WARRANT has been issued for a former Celtic footballer after he failed to appear in a UK court for sentencing.

Anthony Stokes, 34, was due to appear at Hamilton Sheriff Court in Scotland today after he admitted stalking his ex-girlfriend.

The Irish striker 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.

But the footballer 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 16 November and 3 December 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 today, Sheriff Alasdair MacFadyen ordered a warrant for his arrest in the brief hearing.

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

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