Stokes Claimed he Punched Man For Abusing Gay Couple, Court Hears

Ben Stokes was at Bristol Crown Court for the second day of his trial

Ben Stokes was at Bristol Crown Court for the second day of his trial

Ben Stokes, 27 was today accused of "trying to provoke the two gay men" by a bouncer who claimed he was sworn at in an "angry and spiteful tone" after he refused him entry to a nightclub.

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

In a statement, Mr Spure said he had tried to separate Mr Stokes and Mr Ali, with the others continuing their behaviour behind him.

He told officers the pair "thanked me for preventing them from being beaten up" and that he acted in defence of himself, Mr Barry, Mr O'Connor and Mr Hales "at all times" and used reasonable and "entirely justified" force. I said something like 'leave it out - you shouldn't be taking the piss because they're gay'.

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Stokes, who played a major role in England's win over India in the first Test at Edgbaston last week, will miss the second Test, which begins on Thursday at Lord's. "He had a green T-shirt on".

"He had a conversation with his friend and he said "300 get us in" and I still told them no".

"The individual seemed to be the main aggressor or was progressing forward trying to get to another individual", Mr. Spure told the court.

"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". "I can only guess I thought I was going to be attacked".

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"I decided at this point matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene to stop Ryan Ali", Stokes told police. Earlier Det Con Daniel Adams, who led investigations for Avon and Somerset Police, said Barry, who Stokes is alleged to have mocked for being flamboyant, "makes a grab on Ryan Ali around the groin area" before violence flared.

The jury was also shown CCTV footage that, it was alleged by the prosecution, shows Hale running back towards the main group with a length of metal.

"I made a decision to intervene and asked Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale to stop abusing Kai and William".

Shortly afterwards, he knocked out two men in a street brawl witnessed by the two gay men, jurors were told.

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Police constable Stacey Alway, who arrested Stokes at the scene, said he was calm and compliant when she dealt with him. Hales said: "I feel bad".

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