Cricketer Stokes was 'main aggressor', United Kingdom court told

Lynette Rowe
August 10, 2018

The jury at the trial of England cricketer Ben Stokes has been told that he was verbally abusive to a Bristol nightclub bouncer and mocked two gay men who were leaving the club.

The 27-year-old is accused of later punching Ryan Hale, 27, to the ground, before allegedly knocking out Ryan Ali, 28.

When asked about separating Stokes and Ali, Spure told the court: "The individual seemed to be the main aggressor or was progressing forward trying to get to another individual".

The court heard that when PC Alway said to Mr Stokes "a guy over there was covered in blood and I've been told you punched him", he replied "because he was abusing my two friends for being gay".

"I decided at this point matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene to stop Ryan Ali", Stokes told police.

CCTV footage has been released allegedly showing England cricketer Ben Stokes flicking a cigarette butt at two gay men.

The England cricketer knocked out Ryan Ali with one punch while the firefighter appeared to be backing away from a confrontation, a jury at Bristol crown court was told.

Mr Cunningham refused to allow them back inside as it was past closing time, Bristol Crown Court heard. "Mr Barry grabs Mr Ali around the groin area". "One of them said something like "shut the f**k up or I'll bottle you". I assume that he (like me) feared for our safety having witnessed the events moments earlier.

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"I felt the need to defend myself".

"Both Kai and William thanked me for preventing them from being beaten up".

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

"I was anxious it might be two on to one and I knew one had had a bottle", Stokes told police.

Hale cycled to hospital, where he was found to have bruising and a 4cm laceration consistent with blunt trauma.

"Amongst other things, Ryan Ali attacked Alex and Kai with a weapon". This was an extreme act of aggression in the circumstances and informed my assessment of the situation.

"I walked into the road to try to separate the group and get in between them", he said.

"As I was on my own, when I separated two of them more people carried on behind me". All three deny a charge of affray.

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