Ben Stokes trial: England cricketer told ‘shut up or I’ll bottle you’

09 August, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • A nightclub bouncer told the court Stokes ridiculed his appearance

The jury in the trial of England cricketer Ben Stokes was on Wednesday shown security camera footage of a gay man allegedly grabbing the groin of another defendant shortly before a brawl erupted.

The jury was also shown CCTV footage that, it was alleged by the prosecution, shows Hale running back towards the main group with a length of metal.

England cricketer Ben Stokes (L) returns to Bristol Crown Court in Bristol, south-west England on August 6, 2018, after the court broke for lunch.

Stokes is standing trial at Bristol Crown Court accused of knocking out two other men outside a nightclub in the southwest English city in September past year.

Stokes and several other England players had gone to Mbargo to celebrate a one-day worldwide win over the West Indies last September.

Stokes, of Durham, Ali and Hale, both of Bristol, deny affray.

PC Stacey Alway told the court that as she walked over to Mr. Stokes, she said: "A guy over there was covered in blood and I've been told you punched him". I didn't feel I had an option to leave in the heat of the situation.

"As I was on my own, when I separated two of them more people carried on behind me".

"So, I felt the need to defend myself".

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Mr. Stokes, in a written statement given to police after he had been arrested, said he had acted in self-defence when punching Mr. Ali and Mr.

"I chose to intervene and asked Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale to stop abusing Kai and William".

Mr Spure described seeing Stokes punch Ali, who was trying to get away, with a "clenched fist" in the road. "I can only guess I thought I was going to be attacked".

He identified Stokes to attending police officers, who arrested him.

In a second statement to police, Stokes denied mimicking Kai Barry and William O'Connor, whom he referred to as "the gay couple", in a derogatory way.

Ali allegedly used the bottle to threaten Mr Hales, before making contact with Mr Barry's arm. And Stokes replied: "Because he was abusing my two friends for being gay".

Medical evidence was also provided to verify the claims Ali sustained a swelling from a fractured eye-socket and a cracked molar during the attack.

Ali suffered a fracture to the medial orbital wall on the left side of his face.

The court also heard from the man who filmed the fight on his phone, saying the men were "clearly drunk and sounded like football hooligans".

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