The trial of the man that allegedly planned to murder Ulster Defence Association (UDA) leader Johnny Adair took a bizarre twist this week as former Arsenal striker Anthony Stokes, now at Celtic, was mentioned during its proceedings, The Scotsman reports.
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The High Court of Glasgow had been told that police had bugged the home of Antoin Duffy between the months of August and October in 2013.
And the jury were surprised to learn that a recording from that period had Duffy asked his girlfriend to approach the Celtic striker in a pub about finding out if his father could help them obtain a gun.
“I wanted to go and talk to Anthony Stokes and see if his dad could get a message to Donzo about these fucking weapons,” he said.
“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.”
But Duffy went on to clear up the incident, claiming that the people in the pub with Stokes made it knowledge that Stokes had nothing to do with the whole thing.
“They’re singing songs and all this carry-on, saying you can’t do this. I said leave me alone. Not one of them has ever had to go on an operation where they got shot.”
Duffy, along with Martin Hughes, Paul Sands, and John Gorman are all denying that they had anything to do with the conspiracy to murder Adair and Sam McCrory, who is another former high profile figure in a loyalist organisation.