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'Gay men thanked me for protecting them', Ben Stokes affray trial told

10 August 2018, 12:30 | Anna Jefferson

GETTY IMAGES England cricketer Ben Stokes walks into Bristol Crown Court. Stokes has been jointly charged with affray outside a Bristol nightclub

England cricketer Ben Stokes walks into Bristol Crown Court. Stokes has been jointly charged with affray outside

Mr Stokes first hit Mr Hale, knocking him to the ground, before rendering Mr Ali unconscious in the punch seen by the PCSO, jurors have been told.

The video clip shows the sportsman outside Mbargo in Bristol on September 25 past year, just hours after England beat the West Indies.

Stokes stands accused of affray alongside Ryan Hale, 27, and Ali, 28.

"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.

Prosecutors say Stokes was the "main aggressor" in a fight that broke out after an England match.

Cunningham identified the two gay men as, William O'Connor and Kai Barry who stepped out of the nightclub and said: "the ginger guy" started mocking them.

"I did not know Ryan Hale or Ryan Ali and I was forced to make a decision as to how far they would be prepared to go and what they might do if they got the upper hand".

"As I was on my own, when I separated two of them more people carried on behind me". I felt I was going to be attacked.

Mr Spure said Ali "seemed to be trying to back away or get away from the situation" before he was punched by Stokes.

Two gay men thanked England cricketer Ben Stokes for protecting them from two homophobic revellers, the England cricketer told police.




Stokes then allegedly tried to bribe his way in with £300.

Stokes replied: "Because he was abusing my two friends for being gay".

PC Stacey Alway, who arrested Stokes, told the court: "From the moment I approached him (Stokes) he calmed down and was compliant".

The doorman said Hales asked what had happened and, after being told, said to his team-mate: "Stokesy - don't do that".

England Cricketer Ben Stokes walks into Bristol Crown Court on August 6, 2018 in Bristol, England.

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

The prosecution has read medical evidence of injuries sustained by Ali and Hale.

Hale cycled to hospital, where he was found to have bruising and a 1.5in superficial laceration to his forehead consistent with blunt trauma.

Stokes is facing a charge of affray over a violent incident, which took place in the early hours of September 25 outside a club in Bristol.



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