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Ben Stokes trial shown ‘groin grab’ video

09 August 2018, 02:02 | Pamela Mathis

PA TRIAL Ben Stokes allegedly mocked gay men outside a nightclub

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     TRIAL Ben Stokes allegedly mocked gay men outside a nightclub

A former soldier was filmed running towards Ben Stokes carrying a metal bar moments after being knocked out by the England cricketer during a violent brawl, a court was told today.

On the CCTV footage shown to the jury, Stokes and fellow England cricketer Alex Hales are seen catching up with the four and overtaking them and then, the prosecution claimed, Stokes can be seen turning to look back at Barry and Ali.

Bristol Crown Court heard how Stokes, 27, gave written statements to police during interview.

On Monday's opening day of the trial, jurors saw footage of Stokes, 27, brawling with 27-year-old Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, 28, outside Mbargo in the early hours of September 25 last year.

Stokes and several other England players had gone to Mbargo to celebrate a one-day worldwide win over the West Indies last September. All three men are standing trial and deny affray.

"I asked him (Stokes), "If you are going to start on someone, start on me", he said. I took exception and said "leave it out".

"They had shown a willingness to use weapons in attacking people and were willing to gang up such that at points, the pair of them were attacking me on my own".

"I was anxious it might be two on to one and I knew one had had a bottle just before this", he said.

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Stokes told officers: "The force I used in defending us was reasonable and entirely justified when the circumstances are viewed objectively".

Stokes' police interview at the time lasted 21 minutes, and involved two handwritten statements.

"While I was trying to stop the fighting, one of the males struck the other in the head with a clenched fist".

Bristol Crown Court has heard that Stokes allegedly mocked the two gay men, Kai Barry and William O'Connor, as he argued with doorman Andrew Cunningham over re-entry into the club.

The court heard Mr Spure identified Stokes to police officers, who then arrested the cricketer.

"Mr Stokes, Mr Hales, Mr Barry and Mr O'Connor are outside of the door of Mbargo together - laughing", Cole said.

The player allegedly made "fun" of two men for their "camp behaviour" and impersonated their hand movements, before flicking the butt of his cigarette at them, the jury heard. And Stokes replied: "Because he was abusing my two friends for being gay".

One suffered a fractured eye socket and the other was unconscious.



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