England cricketer Ben Stokes and his wife Clare arrive at Bristol Crown Court today
England cricketer Ben Stokes said today that he was looking up and talking to God after drinking at least ten drinks the night of a street fight.
During his insulting trial, the 27-year-old has already claimed that he fought a "gun attack" after helping two gay men who were abused in Bristol.
The multi-talent said he was acting as a peacemaker to protect two men he had just met when he feared for his safety and the scene turned into a fight.
Stokes lashed out at Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27, who knocked out both men, in an act of self-defense, told a jury, after confronting them with his "nasty" & # 39; ; homophobic language towards Kai Barry and William O & # 39; Connor.
Prosecutor Nicholas Corsellis suggested to Stokes that he was angry, shouted and pointed to the gorilla Andrew Cunningham, who refused to shake his hand.
He asked if he had been angry at the CCTV scenes about the incident that was shown to the court.
"I do not think you can tell if I'm angry," Stokes replied.
When the prosecutor asked what Stokes was looking at in the images, he said: "Maybe I'm looking at the night sky."
Mr. Corsellis said: "Who were you talking to when you looked at the night sky?" Stokes replied: & # 39; God? & # 39;
Stokes withdraws his umbrella after arriving at court for the continuation of his trial today
Mr. Corsellis asked, "Mr. Stokes, you are right in front of the jury, trying to hide your actions, you know you were angry and this CCTV was looking at you angry, right?" Stokes replied: "No.
Mr. Corsellis suggested to him at the Bristol Crown Court: "Mr. Stokes, it seems you have a really significant memory block."
He replied: "You could say that, yes."
Giving evidence for a second day today, Stokes told the jury that he would have taken at least ten drinks that night.
He said they were a bottle of beer after the game, two or three pints at the hotel with a meal and five or six vodkas and lemonades while he was in Bristol.
"I remember that he possibly had some Jaeger bombs in Mbargo," Stokes told the jury.
Mr. Corsellis suggested to Stokes that he could not remember exactly what happened because he was really really very drunk. But Stokes answered: "No. & # 39;
In the interrogation, Stokes said he intervened because Ali and Hale had directed the homophobic abuse to Mr. O & # 39; Connor and Mr. Barry, but they could not say what those words were.
Stokes has been observed by his wife Clare from the first row of the public gallery in co
Ben Stokes was calm, relaxed and in control before the fight, says teammate Jake Ball
The English cricketer, Jake Ball, described his partner Ben Stokes as "in a good mood" before he allegedly hit two unconscious men.
Stokes' lawyer, Gordon Cole QC, read Bristol Crown Court a statement from the 27-year-old, who also represents Nottinghamshire.
Mr. Ball said he was in Bristol in September of last year as part of the one-day international team against the West Indies.
He did not play, but he watched the game and described how Stokes had fared well.
"After the game, Ben was in a good mood," said Mr. Ball's statement.
"The whole team was in good spirits and the business continued as usual after the game."
Some squad members who lived locally and in London returned home, but others stayed in Bristol.
"In the afternoon, some of us, including Ben, went to the hotel bar for a drink," Ball said. & # 39; Some of the team ate. We all had two or three drinks at the hotel.
Mr Ball, along with Stokes, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Plunkett and James Anderson left the hotel at 11.25 p.m. to celebrate the victory.
They arrived in Mbargo a short time later and were "talking about cricket and the game," Ball said. "It was not a crazy night," his statement said.
At 12.45 a. M., Stokes, Mr Hales, Mr Anderson and Mr Ball left Mbargo and went to another club called Pryzm. Approximately ten minutes later, Mr. Ball returned to his hotel on his own since he was tired.
"When I left Ben, he seems to remember he was sitting in a booth with Alex and James, still chatting about cricket and the game that day," Ball said.
I was relaxed. I would not say that Ben was drunk, he was calm, relaxed and controlled. I certainly was not looking for problems. He was in good spirits after the victory, we all were. "
Mr. Corsellis asked: "He does not remember any of the words of homophobic abuse that he claimed took place."
Stokes replied: "I am very clear that the words that were used were homophobic."
The prosecutor said, "Do you really not remember significant parts of this incident, for example, knocking out Mr. Ali? Is that because you were really really drunk?" Stokes replied: "No.
Mr. Corsellis asked: "Your lack of memory could be due to something else, they did not hit you that night, they did not hit you on the head, did they not hurt your lips, forehead, eyes or head?
Stokes replied: "My injuries were nothing compared to Mr. Ali."
The prosecutor continued: "It is not about your memory being affected by an injury, you were not injured in the cricket match you played that day.
"You did not suffer from memory loss problems, so how could you not remember hitting Mr. Ali so hard that he knocked you out?"
Stokes replied: "I think the whole incident would have been cloudy because it was like that … there were a lot of people around … a lot of shouting.
"I do not remember every little detail that happened that night."
The cricketer told the court that he had not mocked or been homophobic with Barry and O & # 39; Connor. He said he could not remember shaking the cigarette butt or unloading Ali shortly thereafter.
Stokes insisted that Ali was aggressive and homophobic with O & # 39; Connor and Barry.
"He was aggressive and violent with me in what he said, but he was definitely verbally aggressive with Mr. Barry and Mr. O & # 39; Connor," Stokes said. "It is clear in my statement that I admit to having thrown multiple punches." At the time of that situation, I constantly felt threatened by Mr. Ali.
Stokes was asked about what Ali was doing in the moments before he was knocked out and he said he could not remember it.
Mr. Corsellis asked: "Is it because you hide behind your lack of memory because you know very well that you carried out a reprisal attack against these two men, first Mr. Hale and then Mr. Ali?"
Stokes replied: "No, all my actions were in self-defense and for fear of my safety."
Ryan Ali arrives at Bristol Crown Court today
Mr. Corsellis asked Stokes if he had a "significant memory blackout" from the night in question. Stokes replied: "You could say that, yes."
Mr. Corsellis suggested that Stokes' eyes were "glassy" and his speech was mixed into the images recorded on a body camera used by a police officer when he was arrested, which the cricketer denied.
Stokes denied having been on a "mission" and said that what he wanted that night was a "good night" with his teammates in England.
"When we were trying to go back to Mbargo, I could not have told you how the night would have ended," he told Mr. Corsellis.
Mr. Corsellis asked Stokes to tell the jury of six men and six women about the homophobic abuse that he heard screaming at Mr. Barry and Mr. O & # 39; Connor.
"As I said, I do not remember anything specific, but I am very clear that the words that are used are of a homophobic nature," Stokes said.
Mr. Corsellis asked: "On the day of your arrest you said it was a homophobic abuse.
"You made your lawyer draft a letter where it was amplified to an unpleasant homophobic abuse.
It's been nine months since the incident. You, I'm sure, thought about this constantly. Please, can you help the jury understand what you want to say and what was said?
Stokes (left, after the fight in police custody) left Ryan Ali (right, after) with a broken basin and bloody eyes, they told the court
Ryan Ali: I would have had six or seven JD & Cokes before leaving the club
Giving evidence, Ryan Ali said he had dated Ryan Hale to celebrate his friend's promotion at work.
Ali said he would have been drinking Jack Daniel's and Coke and during the course of the night he would have drunk six or seven before leaving Mbargo.
He told the jury that his memory of the night was "incomplete" due to the head injury he suffered when he was knocked out.
Ali described the "joke" between him and Mr. Hale and the homosexual men, Mr. O & # 39; Connor and Mr. Barry, as they walked away from the nightclub.
"I remember that, at some point, walking down that street, someone said, 'We're going home with them tonight,'" Ali said. "Then someone else said, No, you're not," or words about it, but they got quite angry when they said it.
"I remember we were in a group of four, laughing and joking, and the next thing I remember is that a tall, blond man is throwing himself at me."
Ali said: "The next thing I remember is walking on the road with my palms open, walking backwards, saying 'I do not want any problems' or words to that effect, I could see the same man I saw charging towards me. and that still charged towards me.
"I just did not want any problems, so I was pulling away, trying to retire." At that point, I remember seeing Ryan on my right side, unconscious on the floor.
"I have a memory of calming Mr. Stokes, I remember trying to calm him down, I thought so because he walked away from me." Then he turned his attention away from me and turned to Ryan Hale, who is unconscious on the floor.
"I saw it as an opportunity to try to prevent Mr. Stokes from attacking my friend, who could not defend himself." When Mr Stokes' back turned away from me, I saw that as an opportunity to be behind him. around his neck and my left arm to grab his left hand to be able to pull him against me and try to contain him.
Anna Midgley, on behalf of Ali, asked him why, caught on CCTV, he approaches Mr. Hales with the bottle and then hits Mr. Barry.
"I think it would be a difficult decision for me to make, turn a bottle into an offensive weapon," Ali replied. "I would have to perceive a significant threat to do that." I can hear myself saying, "Stay away."
Ali told the jury that he is still under the care of a maxillofacial surgeon.
"I still have double vision when I look around," Ali told the court. "I have floats and my eye becomes very blurry, so I have to blink to focus again."
Under the interrogation of Gordon Cole QC, representing Stokes, Ali denied that O'Connor and Barry were "bothering a bit" as they walked away from Mbargo and became "angry" with them. & # 39; I would not say they were. We laugh a lot with them, "Ali replied.
Mr. Corsellis asked Ali why Stokes ran towards him that night.
Ali replied: & # 39; I have no idea. I can obtain my own perception by observing the evidence. All CCTV together … I have my own idea … I was very angry and was looking for someone to choose from. "
The defendant said he did not remember passing the bottle to Mr. Barry.
"I am perceiving a significant threat, I could be alone, Mr. Barry is in my right hand and I did not know who he was … I have a hand on my face," he said. "Mr. Barry was not threatening him with illegal violence," Corsellis said.
"I suggest that the use of that bottle against Mr. Barry was completely unnecessary."
Ali replied: "I do not think so."
Stokes replied: "I can not remember specific words, no."
Mr. Corsellis asked: "Is it the case that the unpleasant homophobic abuse has not been issued against Mr. O & # 39; Connor and Mr. Barry?
Stokes said: "No, it definitely was."
The prosecutor asked Stokes what he had told Ali and Mr. Hale before the confrontation and what they had said in response.
Stokes insisted that Ali told him to "close your mouth or I'll bother you". after he told her to stop verbally insulting Mr. O & # 39; Connor and Mr. Barry.
Mr. Corsellis asked: "Were you the one who decided that in the state he was in he was going to seek a confrontation with Mr. Ali and Mr. Hale because that is what he wanted to do?" Stokes replied: "Absolutely not."
Corsellis asked Stokes about the images recorded by student Max Wilson, which showed part of the alleged fight in which Alex Hales can be heard repeatedly shouting "Stokes."
"I was screaming at you because everyone wanted you to stop," Mr. Corsellis asked.
Stokes said he did not hear Mr. Hales calling him by his name or trying to stop him from confronting Ali.
"Mr. Cole asked him yesterday if there was any stage of the incident in which he became enraged." Mr. Corsellis asked.
Stokes replied: "Throughout this incident, my attention was focused on where Mr. Ali was and where Mr. Hale was, from the moment they threatened me verbally and my friend Alex was run over with a glass bottle."
Mr. Corsellis asks, "Were you enraged?" Stokes replied, "No, at this time my only goal was to protect myself."
Mr. Corsellis asked: "However, this incident started, when you saw that Mr. Ali had a bottle and that he was threatening Alex Hales and hitting Kai Barry on the shoulder, you decided to get involved and after you had been in the and he (Mr. Ali) unarmed you thought, I'm going to show you what violence is and he thought, I'm going to retaliate and I'm going to punish him and beat him for revenge. Is not true?
Stokes replied: "Absolutely not."
Mr. Corsellis asked: "Is it what we see in the images, an angry man who has lost control?" Stokes replied: "Absolutely not."
Yesterday, the cricketer told Bristol Crown Court: "Initially I got involved in a verbal altercation that later turned into an attack involving weapons, a glass bottle used as a weapon, which later became a fight.
"Throughout the entire time I was using any force, I was completely convinced that these two knights, whom I had never seen before, were willing to use weapons again as they had already done.
I did not know … they could carry more weapons on them. They could decide to attack me at any time if I had to turn my back on either of these two.
"While these two were in front of me, I was not going to let any opportunity allow these two individuals to have that opportunity, I always felt threatened by these two."
Having been denied entry to a Bristol nightclub, Stokes and his teammate in England, Alex Hales, celebrating the team's victory, started walking towards a casino, the court heard.
They found Hale and Ali around the corner. Stokes claimed that he heard them using a homophobic language against Mr. Barry and Mr. O & # 39; Connor, although he could not remember the words used.
While being questioned the night of the fight, Stokes told a police officer that he had intervened after seeing someone "abusing my two friends for being gay."
He told the jury yesterday: "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.
Stokes took the stand yesterday and said he had not been drunk, aggressive or homophobic
"Obviously they would not let them say what they were saying." Between. [I said] You should not take the p *** because they are homosexual & # 39; Mr. Ali told me the following: "close your mouth or I will 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.
Ali (left) was injured during the row as Stokes wounds were also revealed yesterday (right)
"I hit Mr. Ali. I had run past one of my friends, with the bottle, trying to hit him and then he hit someone with the bottle.
"I tried to prevent Ali from harming anyone with a glass bottle."
Stokes denied making fun of Mr. Barry and Mr. O & # 39; Connor, insisting that he was making fun of his design coaches and his admitted sense of questionable fashion.
The prosecution has accused Stokes of imitating the gestures of the & # 39; camp & # 39; from the extravagant couple minutes before I lost control & # 39; and the fight broke out.
The jury members showed Buscemi's coaches yesterday that Stokes had been in the early hours of September 25 last year.
The Italian white leather shoes, which have a gold padlock on each heel, were held high by defense attorney Gordon Cole QC.
Stokes, a father of two who plays county cricket for Durham, told the jury: "My attire on that night was mentioned. He was one of the gay couple.
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.
"Many of my teammates tell me that I dress the worst of the team." We both exchanged comments about what the others were wearing.
Wearing a white shirt with a light blue shirt and tie while taking the stand yesterday, Stokes was seen by his wife Clare Ratcliffe from the first row of the public gallery.
Stokes said he drank at least ten alcoholic drinks the night of the incident, including two or three pints of beer and at least seven vodka lemonades.
When Mr. Cole asked if he was homophobic, Stokes said: "No, not at all. The only comments between me and the gay couple were the ones we chose to use that night. "
He also denied the humiliating doorman of nightclub Andrew Cunningham, who said that he and Hales could not enter, adding: "I did not use the word c for him." I said, "Come on mate, I also have tattoos of shit, let's go back & # 39; ".
Mr. Cole asked Stokes: "At some point did you get angry for some reason in the incident you were involved in, when you left Mbargo?"
Stokes replied: "It seems a difficult question to answer."
He also said that he could not remember who he had communicated with after his arrest. He told the jury: "I found myself in a problem because I was not sure who was the best person to contact me.
Stokes starred in the cricket last week (pictured) when England beat India in Edgbaston
"Being a cricketer, I have a manager who takes care of my things, I also had a fiancee I was pretty sure I needed to be contacted in. I do not remember who was contacted.
Stokes, of Castle Eden, Durham and Ali, of Bristol, deny a fight. The judge ordered the juries yesterday to declare Hale innocent.
Today, Judge Peter Blair QC suspended the procedure until Monday morning.
He told the jury that they would receive closing speeches from the defenders before Monday morning before beginning to summarize the case.
The trial continues.
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