ENGLAND cricketer Ben Stokes is on trial after a punch-up exterior a Bristol night-club.
However what has been mentioned in court docket to this point and who’s been accused of homophobia? Right here’s the most recent because the trial attracts to a detailed…
What’s alleged to occurred?
Cricketer Ben Stokes, 27, is presently standing trial for affray, which he has denied.
Bristol Crown Courtroom heard that Stokes mocked two homosexual males and flicked a cigarette butt at certainly one of them earlier than brawling with two different males.
The court docket additionally heard how Ryan Ali, 28 and Ryan Hale, 27, had been knocked unconscious by Mr Stokes in Bristol on September 25, 2017.
Giving proof on August 10 Stokes mentioned he confronted Ali and Mr Hale exterior MBargo nightclub after he heard them “taking the p***” out of clubbers William O’Connor and Kai Barry “for being homosexual”.
Stokes advised Bristol crown court docket he had drunk “two or three” pints of lager and “5 or 6” vodka and lemonades however was not drunk.
He had returned to membership shortly after 2am after initially leaving at 12.46am to go to a special membership.
Jurors had been additionally advised how the homosexual males “bantered” with Stokes about his “unhealthy gown sense” and £695 trainers, which had been proven to the court docket.
Hale was additionally on trial for affray however was acquitted on August eight after jurors discovered there was inadequate proof.
Ali, who has additionally been charged with affray, was left with a black eye and a fractured socket.
Stokes advised the court docket he was “making an attempt to cease Mr Ali doing injury” to anybody with a glass bottle.
He maintained he was “defending himself”, including: “As quickly as this episode began I knew that myself or different individuals might be a goal of those males.”
The brawl came about hours after England had performed a one-day worldwide check in opposition to West Indies on the metropolis’s County Floor.
Who’s been accused of homophobia?
Bouncer Andrew Cunningham advised the court docket that Stokes was “aggressive” in the direction of him after he refused to let him and his teammate Alex Hales into the membership after they returned at 2.08am.
He additionally mentioned Stokes mimicked William O’Connor and Kai Barry in what he described as “a derogatory manner”.
Prosecutor Nicholas Corsellis mentioned footage confirmed Mr Stokes “copying hand gestures made by the boys”, whereas the bouncer claimed the cricketer had flicked a cigarette butt at Mr O’Connor.
However Stokes mentioned he was defending the 2 males, telling the jury: “Mr Hale and Mr Ali had been shouting homophobic feedback in the direction of these two. I mentioned you shouldn’t be taking the p*** as a result of they’re homosexual.
“I used to be advised by Mr Ali, alongside the traces of, ‘Shut the f*** up or I’ll bottle you.”
Requested by his barrister, Gordon Cole QC: “Had been you mimicking them?”, the 6ft 2in all rounder replied: “No”.
Mr Cole requested: “Was any of it homophobic?”
Stokes replied: “No, positively not.
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What does footage seem to point out?
One video seems to point out Mr Ali hitting Kai Barry exterior the membership with a bottle.
Stokes then is proven to punch Mr Ali, who falls to the bottom.
Within the video, Mr Stokes’ England team-mate Mr Hales could be heard saying: “Stokes, Stokes, that’s sufficient.”
New footage of Stokes being handcuffed was additionally proven to jurors as a part of the trial.
The arresting officer advised him: “A man over there was coated in blood and I’ve been advised you punched him”.
Stokes replied “he was abusing my two associates for being homosexual” and later mentioned that he was “not going to try to do a runner or something like that, don’t fear”.
Stokes and Ali deny affray. The trial continues.
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