Sport Ben Stokes pleads not guilty to affray at Bristol Court

13:36  13 february  2018
13:36  13 february  2018 Source:   readsport.co

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Ben Stokes has pleaded not guilty to affray at Bristol Magistrates' Court following an incident outside a nightclub, and will face a crown court trial. The 26-year-old Durham all-rounder - who missed the Ashes after being suspended from playing for England

Ben Stokes has pleaded not guilty to a charge of affray over an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. His case was referred to Bristol Crown Court , with a first hearing set for March 12, although he may yet still be able to join England's tour of New Zealand.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes pleaded not guilty to affray at Bristol Magistrates’ Court after he was charged due to an incident outside a nightclub back in September 2017.

The 26-year-old claims that he acted in self defence and has been released on bail. His trial will now take place at Bristol Crown Court on March 12th.

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During the hearing, District Judge Simon Cooper said:

“From what I have seen, heard and read this was an indecent of sustained violence in area of the night time economy of Bristol. All had been drinking, weapons were involved at start of the incident. Significant injury was caused to one of the people. The mater does fall within the top level of my sentencing guidelines. On pleas of not guilty, I am satisfied that the likely sentence for at least one of these alleged participants is well in excess of this court’s sentencing powers for a charge of affray. This case will be tried in the Crown Court. I note that there is considerable national interest in the matter.”

England Cricketer Ben Stokes On Trial For Affray © Matt Cardy/Getty Images News England Cricketer Ben Stokes On Trial For Affray

Ben Stokes 'won't be risked' against New Zealand .
England won’t risk Ben Stokes in their crucial T20 tri-series game with New Zealand on Sunday, Sky Sports report. Stokes landed in New Zealand on Friday having pleaded not guilty to affray at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and has practised with the side. The all-rounder’s session included batting in the nets and carrying out fielding drills with the squad, however, he did not bowl. Captain Eoin Morgan is expected to be fit after a recent groin strain, but stated that Stokes is expected to miss out. “We’re not expecting Ben to play, he only got off a long flight yesterday.” Morgan is set to replace James Vince in the side, while seamer Tom Curran and spinner Liam Dawson are possibilities to step in for injured fast bowler Liam Plunkett. Despite losing three from three so far, a win for England on Sunday could see them progress to the final against Australia, however, they will need to better New Zealand’s net run rate in the process.

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