Former Arsenal youngster Anthony Stokes has been unwittingly involved an a murder case, with the player’s name popping up during the trial of a man alleged to have plotted the murder of UDA leader Johnny Adair, as reported in the Glasgow Evening Times.
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Antoin Duffy was the man standing trial, and he allegedly planned to get Stokes involved in an attempt to obtain firearms. The jury were played a recording of Duffy, and heard him say he wanted to talk to “Donzo” about getting his hands on some weapons.
“I wanted to go and talk to Anthony Stokes and see if his dad could get a message to Donzo about these f**king weapons,” the jury heard him say.
“I seen Anthony Stokes tonight and ah says listen, I need to talk to your dad and then everybody started jumping in going uh, blah, blah, blah, know what I mean.”
The report claims that Duffy was witnessed approaching Stokes and asking for weapons, but was told that the Celtic and Ireland star had nothing to do with what he was after.
Detective Constable Ross Arnott was quizzed about his view of the recording, with QC Derek Ogg asking: “He approached Anthony Stokes to ask if he could speak to his dad to speak to somebody else about guns and everyone seemed to take exception to this?”
Arnott simply replied: “Yes”.
It seems as though Stokes has been caught up in a case he has very little to do with, and certainly isn’t in any trouble. Duffy, along with his fellow defendants Martin Hughes, Paul Sands, and John Gorman, denies the charges, but no conclusion has been reached yet.