Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Jury at Ben Stokes Trial Shown 'Groin Grab' Video

Jury at Ben Stokes Trial Shown 'Groin Grab' Video

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 previous year.

Shortly after the brawl erupted, Stokes is accused of losing control and attacking two local men, Ryan Hale and Ryan Ali- all three deny a charge of affray.

When asked about separating Stokes and Ryan Ali, 28, Mr Spure told the court: "The individual seemed to be the main aggressor or was progressing forward trying to get to another individual". I took exception and said "leave it out" and "you shouldn't be taking the piss because they're gay".

"At this point, I felt vulnerable and frightened".

"I did not know 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. Obviously it all happened very quickly but I am clear that I felt under threat of immediate attack from both these men and I did what I did only in order to defend myself".

The jury heard Mr Ali had suffered a fractured left eye socket, a cracked tooth and cuts and bruises, while Mr Hale suffered bruising and a cut to his forehead.

Bouncer Andrew Cunningham told Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday that Stokes began to abuse him after he refused them entry.

He told the court that he was surprised by the force of a punch thrown and felt sorry for the man who was hit.

"As I was on my own, when I separated two of them more people carried on behind me".

Mr Ali "seemed to be trying to back away or get away from the situation" before he was punched by Mr Stokes, he added. Mr. Spure then said he identified Mr. Stokes to police who then arrested him, the court heard.

He told the jury of six men and six women that he intervened when he saw Stokes flick a cigarette butt at Mr O'Connor and Mr Barry.

Stokes "started to take the mick out of them", mimicking their actions and "high-pitched" voices, he told the court. While I was trying to stop the fighting, one of the males struck the other in the head with a clenched fist.

Off-duty police community support officer Mark Spure told Bristol Crown Court that Stokes had been the "main aggressor" in the group.

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

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