Ex-Arsenal star Anthony Stokes placed on anti-domestic abuse course after admitting harassing former girlfriend

FORMER Arsenal and Celtic star Anthony Stokes has been ordered to complete an anti-domestic abuse course.

The striker, 32, has been put on the 'Caledonian Programme' after he admitted harassing his former girlfriend Eilidh Scott.

Stokes, of Glasgow, was back in the dock after he had earlier been ordered to be of good behaviour for eight months.

The case at Hamilton Sheriff Court had been due to call last May but has been hit by a string of delays because of the pandemic.

Sheriff Alasdair MacFadyen has now placed Stokes under supervision for two years, which requires him to take part in the course.

But he warned the Irishman failure to complete the programme could see him put behind bars.

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When asked directly by the sheriff if he would comply with the order, Stokes replied: "Yes."

Michael Gallen, defending, said: "He is suitable for the Caledonian Programme and if that is what is in mind then he will agree to it.

"He has followed the non-harassment order and there have been no convictions between the date of deferral back in September 2019 to now.

"Having ordered him to be of good behaviour since I submit an order for supervision and the programme requirement may be sufficient to deal with this matter."

Sheriff MacFadyen said: "The most recent report in this case indicates there is still work for you to do to address your offending behaviour and what it was that led you to behave that way towards your former partner.

"I have in mind to place you, as a direct alternative to custody with this being a serious charge, on a community payback order for two years.

"You will be under supervision of the social work department and there is a requirement that you attend the Caledonian Programme which is designed for men guilty of this sort of offending.

"Failure to comply with the order will be reported back to the court and if it amounts to a breach then all sentencing options will be open to the court up to and including custody."

Stokes won seven trophies in six seasons at Parkhead and netted twice in Hibs' 3-2 Scottish Cup win over Rangers in 2016.

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