Police are yet to receive an arrest warrant for a former Sunderland striker who failed to appear in court after bombarding his ex-girlfriend’s father with offensive text messages.
Irish footballer Anthony Stokes, 32, failed to appear before Hamilton Sheriff Court in Scotland and opted to stay in Dublin as he had a tryout with League of Ireland champions Shamrock Rovers.
But although a warrant for his arrest was issued by Sheriff Allan McKay in court, the Irish Mirror has learned there has been no movement on the attempt to arrest Stokes yet.
Sheriff Allan McKay said he did not think Stokes would come back unless forced to do so, the Irish Mirror reports.
Stokes formerly played for the Black Cats between 2007 and 2009, making a total of 36 appearances and scoring three times.
On the day of the court hearing, the striker was involved in the club’s warm-up before a league game but it was later confirmed Rovers would not be signing him.
Just hours before the tryout, the Irish Mirror approached Stokes at his apartment in Dundrum, but he refused to address the matter.
He told said: “No comment on it lad. It’s fine. All the best.”
Stokes had admitted messaging his ex Eilidh Scott’s dad George despite being under a court order banning him from contacting him.
He pleaded guilty in May to breaching the conditions of a non-harassment order but was nowhere to be seen when his case was back up in court.
Sheriff McKay said: “The attitude I get is he frankly does what he wishes and that is not acceptable to me.
“He pled guilty, was released on bail and he has now left the country in breach of bail.”
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