Ben Stokes told a jury today that he had been involved in a street fight in Bristol last year to defend two homosexual men who, he said, suffered homophobic abuse.
The 27-year-old SUV is accused of knocking out two friends, Ryan Hale, 27, and Ryan Ali, 28, during an alleged fight in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 last year.
He insisted that he had intervened to protect two homosexual men, Kai Barry and William O & # 39; Connor, after hearing that Mr. Hale and Ali, who had a glass beer bottle, shouted homophobic insults at them.
He told the jury: "Mr. Hale and Mr. Ali were shouting homophobic comments towards these two and, in return, Mr. O & # 39; Connor and Mr. Barry were returning to them.
"Obviously they would not let them say what they were saying." Between. [I said] & # 39; You should not take the p *** because they are homosexual & # 39;
The cricketer admitted that he took 12 or more drinks before knocking out two men in a street fight, but denied having been drunk, aggressive or homophobic.
Stokes said: "Mr. Ali told me the same thing as" Shut your mouth or I'll bother you. "
"As soon as I see that Ali throws the bottle at someone and physically hits her with it, that's when I made the decision that I had to get involved.
"I hit Mr. Ali, I had passed by one of my friends, whom I have known for a long time, with the bottle, trying to hit him and then hit someone with the bottle.
"I tried to prevent Ali from harming anyone with a glass bottle."
The 27-year-old star of England had four beers and eight vodkas and lemonades as he celebrated his team's victory over the West Indies in Bristol last September.
Stokes, who was called the "main aggressor" by a police officer who saw him break the eye socket of a man, told the jury: "I was protecting myself." I made the decision very quickly. Not only did he know, but other people could be targeted by either of these two men. "
The day came when the images of the police body camera show the moment when Stokes was arrested and handcuffed.
This morning, the defendant Ryan Hale, 28, was released after investigating judge Peter Blair QC told Bristol Crown Court that "there has been no evidence" that he was guilty of a scuffle.
The sketch of an English artist Ben Stokes presenting evidence at the Bristol Crown Court on Thursday
This is the time when Ben Stokes was handcuffed by a police officer who told him: "A guy was covered in blood and they told me you hit him."
Stokes took the stand and said he was not drunk, aggressive or homophobic at night
Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27, (from left to right today) and are also being sued for a brawl and are accused of bringing bottles and a metal pole to the fight. Hale was acquitted this afternoon
In the photograph: Ben Stokes is captured on CCTV hitting Hale, who today said he feared he would die
Hale told the jury he feared for his life when Stokes attacked him and his friend Ryan Ali, 27, claiming he was an "innocent bystander who was brutally assaulted for nothing".
The former soldier said he was knocked out and said: "I thought you could have killed me. I do not know why he did not stop. He could have won me hell. "
England star Alex Hales told police he did not see the Stokes fight even though CCTV "shows him kicking the man."
Hales, who is shown holding Stokes, told police he did not witness the fight
English cricketer Alex Hales told police he was not witness to the alleged fight between his teammate Ben Stokes and two other men, according to a court.
The hitter from Nottinghamshire told a uniformed officer, who had just arrested Stokes for assault, that he had appeared after the fight was over.
But members of the jury at Bristol Crown Court have seen CCTV scenes showing Mr. Hales, who was never arrested or charged in connection with the incident, with Stokes and kicking a man on the ground.
In describing what RyanHale saw, he told the police that he saw Alex Hales, Stokes' teammate in England, "stamp". in the face of his friend Ryan Ali as he lay on the ground.
& # 39; They were kicking him in the face. I saw Hales with a flat foot, kicking his face. I said, "Oi, oi, oi," he said.
& # 39; Hales runs to the other side of the road. I grabbed Stokes, he's a big boy, and (I said) & # 39; Leave him & # 39; & # 39; and then hit
He added: "I was in the military, I know what self-defense is, you can use reasonable force. If someone is with a bottle and you want to stop it, once you have disarmed it, that's it. "
PC Stacey Alway told him: "A guy was covered in blood and they told me you hit him."
Stokes says it was because they were abusing my two friends for being gay & # 39; and then ask for the handcuffs to be released.
The cricketer this afternoon began to give evidence of why he left two men unconscious during the street drunken brawl after England's victory over the West Indies that same day.
Stokes swore on the Bible before beginning his evidence.
He said that after the game, the team left downtown Bristol.
After the game he drank a beer, but had to drive, so he did not have much.
He drove from the cricket field to the hotel, where he, his wife Clare and some teammates dined and drank two or three pints of beer.
He drank five or six vodkas & # 39; in Mbargo in the Clifton Triangle, where they left teammates Liam Plunkett and Jonny Bairstow.
Cricket players stayed between 45 minutes and an hour in Pryzm, and Stokes said he would have had more than one & # 39; vodka and blenders.
Then he returned to Mbargo again, he and Hales could not enter because it was after 2am.
Stokes said that goalkeeper Andrew Cunningham told them they would not be allowed to re-enter.
"(It was) pretty straight forward," Stokes said.
When asked if he would offer money to Mr. Cunningham, Stokes said it would have been around £ 60 or £ 70, but not £ 300.
"I would say it was £ 60, £ 70. I would say, if we give them some money, can we go in?" (He said) "No, you're not going in." said Stokes.
In describing Mr. Cunningham's tone, the cricketer said: "He was still blunt, but there was definitely a change in his attitude since we offered him money to return to the club.
& # 39; The tone and the way he was talking to us simply changed. It went from being simply forceful and began to be a little more …
"It was as if he had something against us because we had offered him money to come back in."
Stokes added: "I did not use the word c for him." I said, "Come on, mate, I also have tattoos, s ***, let's go back."
Mr. Cole asked Stokes to explain the reference to the "shit tattoos" and he replied: "they constantly tell me their teammates and with whom I play that I have shit tattoos".
Ben Stokes arrives at the court with his wife Clare today where he will give testimony of a street fight where he left two men unconscious
The prosecution claims that Stokes turned his attention to two gay men, William O & # 39; Connor and Kai Barry.
Mr. Stokes denied having beaten the butt of a cigarette with Mr. Barry and Mr. O'Connor or imitating them because they were "camps."
Stokes showed his right hand on the trip, which says he has been operated six times in ten years of professional cricket
He said he wore black torn jeans, a green shirt, and white buscemi high shoes with gold padlocks on the back.
"My attire on that night was mentioned," he said. "He was one of the gay couple."
When asked if his exchanges were "homophobic," he said: "No, definitely not."
He said that they were discussing what everyone was carrying and said: "Many of my colleagues tell me that I dress the worst of the team." The only comments between me and the gay couple were the ones we chose to use that night.
The jurors watched the CCTV video of what appears to be Stokes hitting the cigarette butt towards one of the gay men.
"I do not remember throwing a cigarette at anyone," he said.
"Obviously, it looks like I've thrown something in the direction of one of those two gentlemen."
He said before leaving that he shook hands with one of the two porters, but Mr. Cunningham refused to accept his hand.
He and Hales then walked away and were planning to find a casino with the help of Mr. Hales' iphone.
He remembered looking back when he passed along with Ali, Mr. Hale, Mr. O & # 39; Connor, and Mr. Barry. Stokes said moments after he witnessed a confrontation and shouting among the four people.
He said that Ali and Hale were shouting homophobic comments to Mr. O & # 39; Connor and Mr. Barry, who were verbally fighting what they were being told.
He said that at that time he was looking for a taxi.
Stokes told the jury that he addressed Ali and Mr. Hale, and said, "You should not take the shit because you're gay."
"Mr. Ali told me something like, 'Shut up or I'll bother you.'
"Then I followed the same lines because they should not say what they were saying because they were homosexual."
Ben Stokes (left after the fight in police custody) left Ryan Ali (right after) with a broken socket and bloody eye
The athlete's hand appears in the photo after being arrested, since today the police shared photos of his and other injuries
Ryan Ali (left) was injured during the row when the injuries of England cricketer Ben Stokes were also revealed (right)
Ryan Hale told the police that he and Ali had been celebrating their promotion at work and that they had left Mbargo when the nightclub closed.
"The first thing he did was put his hand on my k ** B. I'm a former soldier, for me it's a joke," he said.
& # 39; Does not offend me at all. I was pinching my ass and I grabbed him and said, "You'll come home with me." He said, 'Just because I'm gay does not mean I'm going home with another guy.' I It was like, it's okay, there's no problem and I kept walking. "
Hale added: "I remember two guys coming from the road and I remember saying, 'I do not want any problems.' I do not remember what order I was in." I do not want any problems. "
I tell him to stop. He is trying to stop Ryan and I am trying to stop any fight, to prevent him from getting hurt.
"That's the moment when I crash into my face."
Hale said that O & # 39; Connor and Barry, the men who are accused of having abused, helped him get up.
Stokes told police he felt "under the threat of an immediate attack" moments before hitting two senseless men on a drunken night in Bristol.
Once again, he stated in an official police statement that he had intervened when he heard Hale and Ali verbally abusing Kai Barry and William O & # 39; Connor, whom Stokes had never seen before, on the street.
He said that the spirits vanished when Ali told him: "Close your beak and I'll bother you."
He described how Ali leaned toward him brandishing a bottle, before Hale grabbed him in the back, and would later see him grabbed onto a metal pole.
"I felt the need to defend myself," he said in his first police statement hours after the fight. "I felt like I was going to be attacked." I did not feel like I had the option of leaving in the heat of the situation.
"Obviously, everything happened very quickly, but I am clear that I felt under the threat of an immediate attack by these two men and I did what I did just to defend myself."
But community support officer Andrew Spure, who was about to leave a colleague at Bristol's Mbargo nightclub at the time, claimed that Stokes was the "main aggressor."
In his written statement hours later, Spure told how he had left the club and "saw a group of people fighting," adding, "One of the men hit the other on the head with a clenched fist."
Bristol Crown Court heard that it was Stokes who hit Ali, knocked him down and left him with a broken socket.
When asked about the separation of Stokes and Ali, Mr. Spure said: "The individual seemed to be the main aggressor."
Stokes and his teammate Alex Hales were together (pictured at night) after celebrating with the England cricket team, which had just defeated the West Indies in an international one-day tournament.
He said that Ali "seemed to be trying to get away or get away from the situation" before Stokes hit him.
Stokes told the police that he had drunk two or three & # 39; pints and five drinks with vodka mix the night of the rampage in the luxurious Clifton area of Bristol on the night of September 24 last year.
The star of England and Durham faces a single charge of affray along with other defendants, Hale and Ali.
Stokes and his teammate Alex Hales were together celebrating with the England cricket team, which had just defeated the West Indies in a one-day international in Bristol, when the fight happened.
Members of the jury at Bristol Crown Court yesterday heard Stokes's police statements, which were made in the weeks after the fight.
In them, he told how he and Hales had been walking to a casino when they heard Hale and Ali verbally abusing Mr. Barry and Mr. O & # 39; Connor.
He said: "They were not shying away, but obviously they were offended by the abuse that was being done to them." What Ali and Hale were saying was not a harmless joke, but an unpleasant homophobic abuse.
Stokes said he intervened and told Ali and Hale: "Leave him out, they should not take the shit because they're gay." He stated that Ali replied: "Close the shit and I will bottle you."
The multi-wheeler said when he saw Ali hit Mr. Barry, "I decided that at this point the issues had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene to stop Ryan Ali."
Stokes said he fought with Ali on the floor before Hale, also holding a bottle, got involved. & # 39; At this point, I felt vulnerable and scared. I was worried about myself and others, "he said.
"The force I used to defend ourselves was reasonably and completely justified when circumstances are objectively seen," he added.
However, in his police statement, Ali said he was the one who felt threatened by Stokes.
Ben Stokes appears in the photo with the two men outside the Mbargo nightclub in Bristol in September
The CCTV footage shown to a jury at the Bristol Crown Court shows that English cricketer Ben Stokes (pictured left) allegedly mocked the "field gestures" of two gay clubbers in front of a nightclub in Bristol on September 25 of last year
The CCTV images shown to the jurors at the Crown Court in Bristol seem to show that Stokes has some money in an alleged bribe
The prosecution alleges that the star of England intimidated the two men making fun of his "field gestures" and accused him of throwing them the cigarette.
He told the officers: "I can not remember what happened, but when I watch the video, I seem to be in a defensive position, as if something had happened before this video … I think I felt threatened and You can hear clearly. … I have the bottle and I'm saying "back up, back off".
"I'm not trying to attack anyone with the bottle, I'm just saying, come back, get away." I think I was being threatened or I felt threatened and that's the reason. "
The fight left both men unconscious, and Ali with a fractured eye socket. The jurors were shown graphic photographs of their injuries taken in the hospital shortly after.
And they were shown a video from the PC camera Stacey Alway, the officer who arrested Stokes at the scene of the arrest.
In the video, PC Alway tells Stokes: "A guy was covered in blood and they told me you hit him."
Stokes responds: "Because I was abusing my two friends for being gay."
He is quickly handcuffed and put in the backseat of a marked police car. He asks the officer to release his right wife three times, and at one point he asks, "Is there some kind of camera?"
The England cricketer, Alex Hales, who allegedly kicked Ali in the head but is not being prosecuted, told PC Alway: "I came after you showed up."
When she told him to leave the scene, Mr. Hales replied, "I feel bad, he is my best friend, I saw him after everything happened."
He was interviewed under caution, but not accused.
The court heard earlier allegations that Stokes intimidated the two revelers, throwing a cigarette at one and making mocking gestures, after insulting a gorilla at club Mbargo.
Stokes and Ali deny a fight. Hale was cleared. The trial continues.
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