Cricketer Ben Stokes mocked gay men before fight: court

  • Cricketer Ben Stokes mocked gay men before fight: court

Cricketer Ben Stokes mocked gay men before fight: court

Jurors have been shown CCTV footage of England cricketer Ben Stokes involved in an alleged "melee" outside a nightclub with two other men.

Bouncer Andrew Cunningham told Bristol Crown Court Stokes and team-mate Alex Hales attempted to gain entry to the Mbargo nightclub after it closed at 2am.

He told officers: "Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale were taller and broader than Kai and William".

Nicholas Corsellis, prosecuting, told the jury: "Mr Cunningham observed Mr Stokes's behaviour towards them".

She told the court the cricketer had been "squaring up" to a group of men at the side of the road as she approached them. I noticed that they both had glass bottles in their hands.

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

When asked about separating Stokes and Ryan Ali, 28, Mr Spure told the court: "The individual seemed to be the main aggressor or was progressing forward trying to get to another individual".

PC Stacey Alway told the court that as she walked over to Mr. Stokes, she said: "A guy over there was covered in blood and I've been told you punched him". "One of them said something like "shut the f**k up or I'll bottle you".

Stokes is standing trial at Bristol Crown Court accused of knocking out two men outside a nightclub in the southwest English city on September 25 a year ago.

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

On Wednesday, the third day of the trial, jurors were shown security camera footage of Ali and Hale, holding beer bottles, walking up a road with Kai Barry and William O'Connor.

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

"They are quite effeminate guys and their voices are different".

A 27-year-old man allegedly suffered a fractured eye socket in the incident.

"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", the statement continued.

Hale, who cycled to hospital, was found to have bruising and a 1.5in cut to his forehead.

The Durham all-rounder is one of three men accused of fighting in Bristol on 25 September.