CCTV footage shows Ben Stokes flicking cigarette butt at gay man’s head

Tanya Simon
August 10, 2018

Jurors have been shown CCTV footage of England cricketer Ben Stokes involved in an alleged "melee" outside a nightclub with two other men.

Stokes, who is standing trial for affray alongside Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, was described as "trying to get at another individual" by Mark Spure, an off-duty member of the police force, who witnessed part of the incident.

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".

In statements provided to the police in the aftermath of the incident and read to the court on the third day of the trial - the first time since the incident that Stokes' version of events has been made public - he also claimed that two men (Kai Barry and William O'Connor), who he claims had been subjected to "nasty homophobic abuse" from Ali and Hale, thanked him for protecting them.

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

Images released today show the injuries sustained by Ali and Hale after allegedly being attacked by Stokes, hours after England beat the West Indies in a one-day worldwide in the city.

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Footage from a body camera worn by PC Stacey Alway, who arrested Mr Stokes, was shown to the jury.

The cricketer is missing England's upcoming second Test match with India at Lord's due to the trial at Bristol Crown Court. "Mr Barry grabs Mr Ali around the groin area".

"So, I felt the need to defend myself". "We knew they were prepared to use weapons that could do serious injury and I feared they could have other weapons with them".

"I walked into the road to try to separate the group and get in between them", he said. He was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary by ambulance and diagnosed as having suffered a fracture to the medial orbital wall on the left side of his face. "As I was on my own, when I separated two of them more people carried on behind me", the statement continued.

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

The Durham all-rounder is one of three men accused of fighting in Bristol on 25 September.

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