Ben Stokes trial: Jury shown CCTV footage of ‘groin grab’


In the statement, which was read to a jury at Bristol Crown Court, Stokes told officers the men were speaking to the two others in a "harsh and abusive way".

On the CCTV footage shown to the jury, Stokes and fellow England cricketer Alex Hales are seen catching up with the four and overtaking them and then, the prosecution claimed, Stokes can be seen turning to look back at Barry and Ali.

The England cricket team had gone to the Mbargo nightclub in Bristol following England's victory over the West Indies in a one-day match in September a year ago.

He also mentioned that the two other men - Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, who are standing trial also accused of affray along with Stokes - left the club and accompanied O'Connor and Barry.

The 27-year-old, who played in England's one-day victory over the West Indies at the Bristol County Ground the evening before, said he saw a "dark bottle" in the right hand of the man and that he "thought he was going to assault me".

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"One of the guys responded - he said "shut up or I'll bottle you" in an aggressive tone to me".

Stokes - who starred on Saturday as England beat India in the first Test at Edgbaston - Ali and Hale each deny a charge of affray. I didn't feel I had an option to leave in the heat of the situation.

"They had shown a willingness to use weapons in attacking people and were willing to gang up such that at points, the pair of them were attacking me on my own. I got a little frightened so closed the window and went back to bed".

Mr Spure described seeing Stokes punch Ali, who was trying to get away, with a "clenched fist" in the road.

Mr. Stokes, in a written statement given to police after he had been arrested, said he had acted in self-defence when punching Mr. Ali and Mr.

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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.

The player allegedly made "fun" of two men for their "camp behaviour" and impersonated their hand movements, before flicking the butt of his cigarette at them, the jury heard.

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The cricketer is missing England's upcoming second Test match with India at Lord's due to the trial at Bristol Crown Court.

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