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

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

New CCTV footage has been released by police showing England cricketer Ben Stokes allegedly insulting, mocking and being aggressive towards two gay men just before the brawl outside a Bristol nightclub last September.

Bristol Crown Court previously heard Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27, were knocked unconscious by 27-year-old Mr Stokes, who denies affray.

All three defendants deny the charge. While I was trying to stop the fighting, one of the males struck the other in the head with a clenched fist.

Stokes then tried to shake hands with Cunningham, but this was refused, which Corsellis said "seemed to enrage Mr Stokes".

Jurors heard how Stokes said he acted in defence of himself, England teammate Alex Hale and Mr Barry and Mr O'Connor at all times, adding that they thanked him for protecting them. I took exception and said "leave it out".

Stokes, who played a major role in England's win over India in the first Test at Edgbaston last week, will miss the second Test, which begins on Thursday at Lord's.

The police interview given by Ryan Ali was also read to the jury on the third day of the trial. "He had a green T-shirt on".

"One of the guys responded - he said "shut up or I'll bottle you".

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

Bristol Crown Court heard how Stokes, 27, gave written statements to police during interview. I felt I was going to be attacked.

"I am clear that I felt under threat of immediate attack from both these men and I did what I did only in order to defend myself".

He identified Stokes to attending police officers, who arrested him. Stokes said "matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene".

- "I was worried": Stokes -In a later statement, Stokes told officers: "These men were speaking to the gay guys in what I would call a harsh and abusive way".

Images released today show the injuries sustained by Ali and Hale after allegedly being attacked by Stokes, hours after England beat the West Indies in a one-day worldwide in the city.

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

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