An arrest warrant has been issued for former Arsenal footballer Anthony Stokes after he failed to appear for sentencing in court.
The Irish striker, 34, was due to appear at Hamilton Sheriff Court in Glasgow today, September 16, after he admitted stalking his ex-girlfriend Eilidh Scott.
Stokes, from Glasgow, was banned from contacting his former partner and mother for four years in September 2019 and given four-year non-harassment orders after he admitted to harassing.
Sentencing was postponed at the time on the condition that Stokes behave well.
But the footballer later admitted breaching non-harassment orders by repeatedly emailing and texting his former girlfriend and repeatedly calling his mother in November and December 2019.
He also admitted to causing fear or alarm in his ex-partner by repeatedly sending him messages between November 16 and December 3, 2019, in which he “swore and made offensive remarks”, and by phoning repeatedly to his parents for “uttering inappropriate and offensive remarks”. ‘ about her.
Stokes was due to be sentenced last month but was unable to attend because he had contracted Covid-19.
Following his failure to appear in court on Friday, Sheriff Alasdair MacFadyen ordered a warrant for his arrest at the brief hearing.
In February 2021, Sheriff MacFadyen placed Stokes under surveillance for two years, which required him to take a domestic violence course called the Caledonian Curriculum. But he warned that failure to complete the program could see him put behind bars.
The case was first heard in 2019 and he was told he bombarded Ms Scott with a series of abusive messages which saw him send up to 100 texts a day.
In these he called her an ‘s**t’, an ‘s**g’ and a ‘w***e’ and at one point showed up at her home in Shotts, Lanarkshire, late at night. It dated back to a period between July 2018 and February 2019 and had seen him make excessive efforts to reach her.
At the time, Tax MP Lynn McFauld said: ‘Contact was made using six different mobile phones, all attributable to the UK and one which was an international number.
“In July, she went to a friend’s house for a girls’ night out and received numerous calls, texts, WhatsApp and Facetime messages from the defendant, but refused to answer them.
“She was becoming extremely uncomfortable and agitated by this and eventually agreed to a Facetime message hoping that if she spoke to him he would back off and let her enjoy her night.
“He immediately demanded to know where she was and who she was with and was clearly angry and agitated.”
The court heard that Stokes arrived at her mother’s house later that evening and confronted Miss Scott when she arrived home. Her mother called her to tell her he was knocking on the door, shouting into the mailbox, and sitting outside facing the family home.
Miss McFauld added: ‘At 1am the boyfriend of the complainant’s friend came back to take her home.
“She advised him to lead her to her front door so she could get in and then she and her mum locked and secured the door.
‘The friend backed up and saw a vehicle door open which caused him to stop and the accused got out and asked, ‘What is it?
“He started walking towards the vehicle and shook the window with his fist before demanding to know where the complainant was and why she was being dropped off.
“The witness was afraid of what might happen next and drove off, but as he did, the accused kicked the vehicle.