Ben Stokes 'was main aggressor in nightclub fight'

Tyler Owen
August 10, 2018

Bristol Crown Court heard Stokes was the "main aggressor" in a fight that broke out between him and two other men - Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale - near a nightclub in the city.

He also mentioned that the two other men - Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, who are standing trial also accused of affray along with Stokes - left the club and accompanied O'Connor and Barry.

All three defendants deny the charge.

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

Stokes then allegedly tried to bribe his way in with £300.

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

Trial judge Judge Peter Blair QC earlier asked 16 potential jurors whether they were "extremely committed" cricket fans following either the England or India teams.

Mr Spure said Ali "seemed to be trying to back away or get away from the situation" before he was punched by Stokes. "He had a green T-shirt on".

He claimed Ali replied: "Shut the **** up and **** off or I'll bottle you".

Who is Kepa? The lowdown on Chelsea's new keeper
Spanish football giants Real Madrid's central midfielder Mateo Kovacic has joined Chelsea on a season-long loan deal on Thursday. He later deleted the post but again thanked everyone involved with Chelsea once he had completed the move to Madrid.

"The individual seemed to be the main aggressor or was progressing forward trying to get to another individual", he told the court.

"I didn't feel I had an option".

CCTV footage shows Stokes and Hales then caught up with Ali, Hale, Barry and O'Connor. "I can only guess I thought I was going to be attacked". Earlier Det Con Daniel Adams, who led investigations for Avon and Somerset Police, said Barry, who Stokes is alleged to have mocked for being flamboyant, "makes a grab on Ryan Ali around the groin area" before violence flared.

"I decided at this point matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene to stop Ryan Ali", Stokes told police.

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

- "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".

Footage from a body camera worn by PC Stacey Alway, who arrested Mr Stokes, was shown to the jury.

"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".

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER