Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Ben Stokes trial: Jury shown CCTV footage of ‘groin grab’

Ben Stokes trial: Jury shown CCTV footage of ‘groin grab’

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.

They are jointly charged in connection with an incident in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 past year - several hours after England had played a one-day global against the West Indies in the city.

The fast bowler, who is on trial for affray, alongside Ryan Hale, 27, and Ryan Ali, 28, is also accused of flicking a cigarette at gay clubbers William O'Connor and Kai Barry in a fit of rage, after they allegedly poked fun at his gold-encrusted trainers.

"I asked him (Stokes), "If you are going to start on someone, start on me", he said.

Off-duty police community support officer Mark Spure told Bristol Crown Court that Stokes had been the "main aggressor" in the group.

In a statement provided to police and heard in court, Stokes said he only stepped in after hearing two men being homophobic toward two other men. "I walked into the road to try to separate the group and get in between them". 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 told them I would not have a job to go back to in the morning.

The jury heard he then identified Mr Stokes to police officers, who arrested the cricketer.

Mr Spure described seeing Stokes punch Ali, who was trying to get away, with a "clenched fist" in the road.

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Mr Ali and Mr Hale also deny affray and are on trial alongside the cricketer.

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

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

Cricketer Ben Stokes claimed he was acting in self-defence of himself, England teammate Alex Hales and the two gay men.

Ali suffered significant injuries, including a fractured eye socket, and required hospital treatment.

Mr Hales was never arrested in relation to the incident.

Hale sustained a 1.5in laceration to his forehead - consistent with blunt trauma. All three men are standing trial and deny affray.

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