US News Ben Stokes tells jury he was not drunk when he allegedly attacked two men

16:30  10 august  2018
16:30  10 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

Jury retires in Ben Stokes affray trial

  Jury retires in Ben Stokes affray trial A jury has begun considering its verdicts in the trial of the England all-rounder who is accused of affray in Bristol city centre.The 27-year-old all-rounder is alleged to have punched Ryan Hale, 27, to the ground and then knocked out Ryan Ali, 28, during the fracas in the early hours of September 25 last year.

Ben Stokes (pictured with wife Clare Ratcliffe) told a court he only attacked two men to stop them abusing a gay couple. Giving evidence for the first time in his affray trial, Stokes said he “got involved” after Ali ran at batsman Alex Hales.

England cricketer Ben Stokes has told a jury he consumed “ two or three” pints of beer and up to seven vodka drinks during a night out that allegedly ended in a punch-up. Giving evidence for the first time during his trial for affray, the

England cricketer Ben Stokes and his wife Clare arrive at Bristol Crown Court (Aaron Chown/PA) © Provided by The Press Association England cricketer Ben Stokes and his wife Clare arrive at Bristol Crown Court (Aaron Chown/PA)

England cricketer Ben Stokes has denied being “really very drunk” and “enraged” when he knocked unconscious two revellers near a nightclub, a court has heard.

The 27-year-old all-rounder insisted he had intervened to stop Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27, from abusing gay men William O’Connor and Kai Barry.

Video: Police release Ben Stokes arrest footage (Press Association)


Footage shows England cricketer Ben Stokes ‘mimic’ gay man, court told

  Footage shows England cricketer Ben Stokes ‘mimic’ gay man, court told The all-rounder is on trial for affray, a charge he denies.The video showed the scene outside the Mbargo nightclub in Bristol city centre in the early hours of September 25 last year where 27-year-old Stokes and England teammate Alex Hales were attempting to gain entry.

Ben Stokes will today tell a jury why he left two men unconscious during a drunken street fight where he landed a punch that shattered a man's eye socket.

When she told him to leave Stokes , who had been placed in a police vehicle, Mr Hales replied: "I feel bad. He 's my best friend. I saw him after everything happened." Ben Stokes told police after his arrest that he was acting in self-defence as he believed he would be attacked .

And it turned violent when Stokes claimed Ali – who is on trial alongside him at Bristol Crown Court jointly accused of affray – told him to “F*** off or I’ll bottle you”.

Giving evidence for a second day, Stokes explained he had drunk a bottle of beer immediately after the one-day international win against the West Indies and then had two or three pints back at the hotel over dinner.

He then went into Bristol city centre with his England teammates and had five or six vodka and lemonades and “possibly” some Jaegerbombs.

Ryan Ali arrives at Bristol Crown Court accused of affray where he, Ryan Hale and England cricketer Ben Stokes, are accused of affray. © Press Association Ryan Ali arrives at Bristol Crown Court accused of affray where he, Ryan Hale and England cricketer Ben Stokes, are accused of affray.

After failing to be allowed back into the Mbargo nightclub as it was closing, Stokes and his teammate Alex Hales were heading to a casino when they got into the alleged fracas with the two revellers in the early hours of September 25 last year.

Potential jurors in Ben Stokes affray trial asked if they are cricket fans

  Potential jurors in Ben Stokes affray trial asked if they are cricket fans The 27-year-old is facing charges alongside two other men after an alleged incident in Bristol last September.The 27-year-old all-rounder is facing trial with Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27, after they were jointly charged with affray following an alleged fracas in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 last year – several hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies in the city.

Yesterday Stokes told jurors he fought with two men after they lunged at two gay clubbers with a bottles. The 27-year-old said he was protecting himself and those around him by fighting with Ryan Hale, an Afghanistan veteran, and Ryan Ali, a fire brigade worker.

ENGLAND cricket star Ben Stokes warned two men not to "take the p***" out of a gay couple before he took a swing, a court heard today. The 27-year-old, who was accused of being the "main aggressor" in the brawl, today told jurors he wasn't drunk after he downed six vodka lemonades and

The cricketer explained that he could not remember punching Ali or his friend Mr Hale and said he intervened because they had directed homophobic abuse at the two gay men but was unable to say what those words were.

Nicholas Corsellis, prosecuting, suggested the reason he was having problems remembering exactly what happened that night was because he was “actually really very drunk”, which Stokes denied.

Mr Corsellis asked: “You don’t remember any of the words of the homophobic abuse that you assert took place.

“You don’t really remember significant parts of this incident, for example knocking Mr Ali out? Is that because you were really very drunk?

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Ben Stokes being questioned by Gordon Cole QC, in the stand at Bristol Crown Court, where he is accused of affray in the Clifton triangle area of Bristol during the early hours of September 25 last year. © Press Association Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Ben Stokes being questioned by Gordon Cole QC, in the stand at Bristol Crown Court, where he is accused of affray in the Clifton triangle area of Bristol during the early hours of September 25 last year. “Your lack of memory might be down to something else. You weren’t actually hit that evening, you weren’t struck to the head, you had no injury to the lip, forehead, eye or head?

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  England Cricketer Ben Stokes ‘Could Have Killed Former Soldier' In Brawl The defence for England cricketer Ben Stokes is due to begin today, after the prosecution formally closed its case. The 27-year-old all-rounder is accused, along with two other men, of affray in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol during the early hours of September 25 last year.

Mr Wilson tells the jury he heard a commotion from outside his bedroom window shortly after 2 am and watched the scenes unfold for two or three minutes before he began filming it. He describes the group of six men as "clearly drunk " and says they sounded like "football hooligans".

Earlier the jury heard that England cricketer Stokes “could have killed” as he punched two men unconscious on the street in Bristol. Hale, a veteran of the conflict in Afghanistan, told police officers in an interview four days after the fight: “I had a constant headache

“It is not a question of your memory being affected by injury, you were uninjured from the cricket match you played that day.

“You didn’t suffer from memory loss problems, so how can you not remember striking Mr Ali with such force, rendering him unconscious?”

Stokes replied: “I think the whole incident would have been clouded because it was such… there was a lot of people around… a lot of shouting.

“I don’t remember every little detail which has gone on that night.

Ben Stokes and his wife Clare arrive at Bristol Crown Court © Provided by The Press Association Ben Stokes and his wife Clare arrive at Bristol Crown Court “He (Ali) was aggressive and violent towards me in what he said but he was definitely verbally aggressive with Mr Barry and Mr O’Connor.

“It’s clearly in my statement that I admit to throwing multiple punches. At the time of that situation, I constantly felt under threat from Mr Ali.”

The cricketer told the court he had not mocked or been homophobic towards Mr Barry and Mr O’Connor outside Mbargo.

He said he could not remember flicking his cigarette butt at them or knocking Ali unconscious a short time later.

Hales could have caused injuries to man Ben Stokes punched, court told

  Hales could have caused injuries to man Ben Stokes punched, court told Gordon Cole QC, representing Stokes, made a defence closing speech on behalf of his client.Stokes, 27, has insisted he was acting in self-defence when he hit Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27, after they had abused two gay men near a nightclub in Bristol.

He allegedly hit ex-squaddie Ryan Hale, 27, and fireman Ryan Ali, 28, who were both left cut and bruised following the incident. Hale told officers in a formal interview after the alleged attack that he thought Stokes could have killed him outside Mbargo nightclub, the court heard.

England cricketer Ben Stokes has told a jury he stepped in after hearing two revellers shout homophobic abuse at two gay men . The all-rounder, 27, is accused of knocking out two friends, Ryan Hale, 27, and Ryan Ali, 28

Stokes was asked about what Ali was doing in the moments before he knocked him out and he said he could not remember.

Mr Corsellis asked: “Is it because you are hiding behind your lack of recollection because you know full well you carried out a retaliatory attack upon those two men, first Mr Hale and then Mr Ali?”

Stokes replied: “No, all my actions were in self-defence and fearing for my safety.”

Ryan Ali arrives back at Bristol Crown Court where he is on trial accused of affray, following a lunch break. © Press Association Ryan Ali arrives back at Bristol Crown Court where he is on trial accused of affray, following a lunch break. Mr Corsellis asked: “Were you enraged? However this incident started, when you saw Mr Ali had a bottle and that he was threatening to Alex Hales and hit Kai Barry on the shoulder, you decided to get involved and after you had been on the ground and he (Mr Ali) disarmed you thought, ‘I am going to show you what violence is’ and you thought, ‘I am going to retaliate and I am going to punish you and hit you out of revenge’. Is that not the truth?”

Stokes replied: “Absolutely not.”

Mr Corsellis asked: “Is it what we see on the footage – an angry man who has lost all control?”

Stokes replied again: “Absolutely not.”

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’s eyes were “glazed” and his speech was slurred in the footage recorded by Pc Stacey Alway’s body camera when he was arrested, which the cricketer denied.

England cricket star Ben Stokes admits 'significant memory blackout' on night of street brawl but denies being drunk

  England cricket star Ben Stokes admits 'significant memory blackout' on night of street brawl but denies being drunk England cricketer Ben Stokes, 27, has already claimed that he fought off an 'attack with weapons' after coming to the aid of two gay men being abused in the street in Bristol. The all-rounder said he was acting as peacemaker to protect two men he had just met when he feared for his safety and the scene descended into a brawl.Stokes lashed out at Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27 - knocking both men unconscious - in an act of self-defence, he told a jury, having confronted them over their 'nasty' homophobic language towards Kai Barry and William O'Connor.

Ben Stokes . But the England player insisted he was not drunk when he lashed out at the pair after one of them threatened to “bottle” fellow international Alex Hales. He told the jury : “ When I’ve had enough beer, I like to drink vodka with coke or lemonade.

CRICKETER Ben Stokes was branded a “bully” yesterday for allegedly ridiculing two gay men outside a nightclub. Door supervisor Andrew Cunningham, 37, told the jury : “I don’t like bullies. Mr O’Connor and Mr Barry walked off with two club-goers, Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale.

Ryan Ali (left) and Ryan Hale arrive at Bristol Crown Court where they, and England cricketer Ben Stokes, are accused of affray. © Press Association Ryan Ali (left) and Ryan Hale arrive at Bristol Crown Court where they, and England cricketer Ben Stokes, are accused of affray. Stokes denied being out on a “mission” and said what he wanted that evening was a “good night” with his England teammates.

He also denied making derogatory comments about Mbargo doorman Andrew Cunningham’s gold teeth and tattoos.

Mr Corsellis suggested to Stokes that he had been angry, shouted and pointed at Mr Cunningham after the bouncer refused to shake his hand.

When the prosecutor asked what Stokes was looking at, he said: “I might just be looking at the night sky.”

Mr Corsellis said: “Who were you speaking to when you were looking at the night sky?”

Stokes replied: “God?”

Stokes, of Stockton Road, Castle Eden, Durham, and Ali, of Forest Road, Bristol, each deny a charge of affray.

The trial continues.

Stokes waits to see when he can resume England career .
The England all-rounder has been cleared of affray and is waiting to see how the ECB respond.Ben Stokes’ hopes of resuming his international career promptly appear set to lie in the hands of an independent Cricket Discipline Commission.

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