Trial of Longford man accused of stabbing nephew close to conclusion

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A jury is expected to hear closing arguments in the trial of a Longford man accused of stabbing his nephew during a late night altercation almost a year and a half ago.

Martin Stokes, of 88 Springlawn, Longford is charged with a Section 3 assault causing harm to Gerald Stokes at Palace Crescent on September 11 2016.


He has pleaded not guilty to the charge at Longford Circuit Court.
Prosecuting counsel Shane Geraghty BL, said it was the State’s case that Mr Stokes assaulted his nephew after he and a group of others had taken in a middleweight unification fight between British fighter Kell Brook and Gennady Golovkin.


“On the evening of September 10 2016 a Gerald Stokes was out socialising in Longford,” said Mr Geraghty, as he opened the case last week.


“After that Mr Stokes went to a property for a boxing match and subsequently went out and sat in a car with a group of men to continue socialising.


“It’s the prosecution’s case Martin Stokes came on the scene armed with a knife and assaulted the injured party, causing him harm.”


The trial heard from Gerald Stokes, his brothers Michael and Brian as well as cousins of the victim, one of whom was Patrick ‘Flick’ Stokes.


It was here the court heard that the fight was observed with a number consuming alcohol and drugs.


“I know there was €700 worth of cocaine bought between us that day,” said Patrick ‘Flick’ Stokes.


He also told of how he and six members of his close family continued their evening by sitting inside his cousin’s Brian’s Ford Focus car a short distance away.


However, during his and a number of sworn testimonies including those from the victim, the jury was informed that they could not be sure Martin Stokes was the man responsible for injuring Gerald Stokes.


“I did make a statement on the night in question, but I was still drunk,” said Gerald Stokes, revealing also that he had taken cocaine and up to 10 D10s.


“I was fairly sure at the time it was him but now that I think back I can’t be sure and I wouldn’t like to send an innocent man to prison.”


The court also heard evidence from two gardaí, Clive Glancy and Orlagh Geraghty, both of whom said they heard the accused close to the scene shout: 'It was only a scratch, the next time I will kill him.”


The trial continues before Judge John Hannon in front of a jury of seven men and five women.