Ben Stokes 'can't remember' knocking stranger out

11 Août, 2018, 03:53 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion

Giving evidence for a second day, Stokes explained he had drunk a bottle of beer immediately after the one-day global win against the West Indies and then had two or three pints back at the hotel over dinner.

The all-rounder is being cross-examined by prosecutors at Bristol Crown Court on the fifth day of his trial over affray allegations, which he denies.

Ryan Ali, 28 was allegedly knocked out by the Durham all-rounder in the incident outside Mbargo past year.

Mr Stokes, 27, said that after the match he drank beer in the changing room and two or three pints of lager during a meal in the team hotel in Bristol.

He then went into Bristol city centre with his England team-mates and had five or six vodka and lemonades and "possibly" some Jaegerbombs.

Asked whether he was "looking down your nose" at Mr Cunningham, Stokes replied he "might just be looking at the night sky".

Mr Corsellis asked: "You don't remember any of the words of the homophobic abuse that you assert took place".

The court heard earlier that Mr Stokes stepped in to defend Mr Barry and Mr O'Connor, who he said Mr Ali and Mr Hale had made homophobic slurs towards.

"You were aggressive, demeaning and looking for a fight".

Mr Stokes, of Castle Eden, Durham, was arrested in the early hours along with Mr Ali, of Bristol, and Mr Hale, of Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol.

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Under cross-examination from Nicholas Corsellis QC, acting for the prosecution, it was put to Stokes that he had "really significant memory blackout" from the night because he was "really very drunk". Is that because you were really very drunk?

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has told a court he was acting in self-defence when he allegedly assaulted a man outside a Bristol nightclub past year.

"I was trying to stop Mr Ali doing damage to anybody", Stokes said. "At the time of that situation, I constantly felt under threat from Mr Ali".

Ali's evidence came as both he and Stokes concluded their defences.

Stokes replied: "You could say that, yes". Corsellis asked: "Is it what we see on the footage - an angry man who has lost all control?"

Ben Stokes has appeared in court again over the brawl in Bristol past year.

Ryan Hale, 27, was acquitted of the same charge on Thursday.

It was also put to Stokes that CCTV footage showed him flicking a cigarette butt at Mr O'Connor and that Stokes walked away from the Mbargo nightclub "angry" after a disagreement with the bouncer, Andrew Cunningham, who would not allow him to re-enter.

In a written statement, his teammate Jake Ball backed Stokes memory of his demeanour on the night, insisting that he was in "good spirits", "chilled out", and "certainly not looking for trouble". Corsellis asked. "The CCTV shows you being angry, doesn't it?"

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