Court is shown CCTV of Ben Stokes mocking gay clubbers

Court is shown CCTV of Ben Stokes mocking gay clubbers

The jury on Wednesday in the Ben Stokes affray trial at Bristol Crown Court was shown security camera footage of the brawl outside Bristol nightclub Mbargo between the England cricketer and Ryan Ali, Ryan Hale.

The court has also been shown footage of Stokes brawling with Ali and Hale - who are friends - after walking away from the club.

But off-duty police community support officer Mark Spure, who tried to break up the fight, told the court that Stokes "seemed to be the main aggressor".

In a statement provided to police and heard in court, Stokes said he only stepped in after hearing two men being homophobic toward two other men. Stokes said "matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene".

CCTV footage has been released allegedly showing England cricketer Ben Stokes flicking a cigarette butt at two gay men.

A few minutes later, Stokes knocked out Mr Ali, 28 and Mr Hale, 27.

Footage from a body camera worn by PC Stacey Alway, who arrested Mr Stokes, was shown to the jury. Stokes, of Stockton Road, Castle Eden, Durham; Ali, of Forest Road, Bristol; and Hale, of Burghill Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, each deny a joint charge of affray.

"It was homophobic in nature".

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

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"As the group came to my attention, I heard some of what was being said", Stokes said in the written statement.

"One of the guys responded - he said "shut up or I'll bottle you" in an aggressive tone to me". I said something like 'leave it out - you shouldn't be taking the piss because they're gay'.

"I got a little frightened so closed the window and went back to bed".

The doorman said Hales asked what had happened and, after being told, said to his team-mate: "Stokesy - don't do that".

Stokes added he "felt under threat of immediate attack from both these men and I did what I did only in order to defend myself".

Cunningham claims Stokes started mimicking the voices and gestures of two gay nightclub patrons, Kai Barry and William O'Connor, in a derogatory manner.

"I grappled with the second guy, in the course of that I can recall hitting him a couple of times".

She told the court the cricketer had been "squaring up" to a group of men at the side of the road as she approached them.

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