Ben Stokes trial: England cricketer told ‘shut up or I’ll bottle you’

England cricketer Ben Stokes walks into Bristol Crown Court. Stokes has been jointly charged with affray outside

Jurors heard how Stokes said he acted in defence of himself, England teammate Alex Hale and Mr Barry and Mr O'Connor at all times, adding that they thanked him for protecting them. When she told him to leave Mr. Stokes, who had been placed in a police van, the court heard that Mr.

They are jointly charged in connection with an incident in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 past year - several hours after England had played a one-day global against the West Indies in the city.

"I was anxious it might be two on to one and I knew one had had a bottle just before this", he said. "One of them said something like "shut the f**k up or I'll bottle you".

"So, I felt the need to defend myself".

"I did not known Ryan Hale or Ryan Ali and I was forced to make a decision as to how far they would be prepared to go and what they might do if they got the upper hand".

Prosecutors say Stokes was the "main aggressor" in a fight that broke out after an England match.

"As I was on my own, when I separated two of them more people carried on behind me. He had a green t-shirt on".

The jury heard he then identified Mr Stokes to police officers, who arrested the cricketer.

Mr Spure said Ali "seemed to be trying to back away or get away from the situation" before he was punched by Stokes.

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Cunningham said two gay men he knew, William O'Connor and Kai Barry, then emerged from the nightclub and began talking to each other.

PC Stacey Alway told the court that as she walked over to Mr. Stokes, she said: "A guy over there was covered in blood and I've been told you punched him".

Stokes, the England cricketer who is standing trial for affray alongside Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, was also described as feeling "vulnerable and frightened" as the incident unfolded and claimed that, having seen at least one bottle used in the brawl, feared his opponents had "demonstrated a willingness to use weapons in attacking people".

He even flicked an unlit cigarette butt at Mr O'Connor's head in a bid to "provoke them", it was alleged.

Ben Stokes mocking gay clubbers.

Bristol Crown Court heard he was "squaring up" to other men before he was cuffed.

One suffered a fractured eye socket and the other was unconscious.

Hale sustained a 1.5in laceration to his forehead - consistent with blunt trauma.

Stokes, of Durham, Ali and Hale, both of Bristol, deny affray.

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