Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Ben Stokes trial shown CCTV footage of 'melee outside nightclub'

Ben Stokes trial shown CCTV footage of 'melee outside nightclub'

The jury was also shown CCTV footage that, it was alleged by the prosecution, shows Hale running back towards the main group with a length of metal.

The England cricket team had gone to the Mbargo nightclub in Bristol following England's victory over the West Indies in a one-day match in September previous year.

Cunningham said two men - Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, who are standing trial accused of affray with Stokes - left Mbargo and walked off with O'Connor and Barry.

They are jointly charged in connection with an incident in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 a year ago - several hours after England had played a one-day worldwide against the West Indies in the city. He mentioned my gold teeth and he said I looked like [expletive] and I replied, "Thank you very much".

Stokes, of Stockton Road, Castle Eden, Durham; Ali, of Forest Road, Bristol; and Hale, of Burghill Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, each deny a joint charge of affray.

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"I asked him (Stokes), "If you are going to start on someone, start on me", he said. I didn't feel I had an option to leave in the heat of the situation.

Off-duty police community support officer Andrew Spure, who had attended a colleague's leaving do at the Mbargo nightclub on the night in question, said in a statement - written hours after the alleged incident - he saw "three to five people involved in some form of scuffle".

Cunningham claims Stokes started mimicking the voices and gestures of two gay nightclub patrons, Kai Barry and William O'Connor, in a derogatory manner.

"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".

"While I was trying to stop the fighting, one of the males struck the other in the head with a clenched fist". "I got a little frightened so closed the window and went back to bed".

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

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.

Bristol Crown Court heard he was "squaring up" to other men before he was cuffed. He was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary by ambulance and diagnosed as having suffered a fracture to the medial orbital wall on the left side of his face.

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