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09 August 2018, 02:00 | Charlene Valdez
TRIAL Ben Stokes allegedly mocked gay men outside a nightclub
On Monday's opening day of the trial, jurors saw footage of Stokes, 27, brawling with 27-year-old Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, 28, outside Mbargo in the early hours of September 25 last year. He thus denied them entry and they abused him.
"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 the guys responded - he said "shut up or I'll bottle you" in an aggressive tone to me".
In his first statement to police, Stokes described how he and England teammate Alex Hales were heading to a casino when they saw "two guys who were obviously gay" being spoken to by "two much larger men".
Bristol Crown Court has heard that Stokes allegedly mocked the two gay men, Kai Barry and William O'Connor, as he argued with doorman Andrew Cunningham over re-entry into the club.
"He had a conversation with his friend and he said "300 get us in" and I still told them no". I said something like 'leave it out - you shouldn't be taking the piss because they're gay'. "Just like hand gestures. camp gestures".
On Wednesday, the third day of the trial, jurors were shown security camera footage of Ali and Hale, holding beer bottles, walking up a road with Kai Barry and William O'Connor.
"I felt the need to defend myself". This was an extreme act of aggression in the circumstances and informed my assessment of the situation.
"I walked into the road to try to separate the group and get in between them".
"I knew they were prepared to use weapons and so had a reasonable belief they might be carrying more weapons, perhaps of a more serious type".
"He raised his voice fairly loudly", Ali said.
Further CCTV footage showed Stokes approaching a retreating Ali, Adams said, adding: "From this point it is very hard to identify who is involved". "I can only guess I thought I was going to be attacked".
Stokes is standing trial at Bristol Crown Court accused of knocking out two men outside a nightclub in the southwest English city on September 25 a year ago.
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