Cricketer Ben Stokes mocked gay men before fight: court

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Cricketer Ben Stokes mocked gay men before fight: court

Jurors have been told that Stokes first hit Hale, knocking him to the ground, before rendering Ali unconscious in the punch seen by Spure.

Jurors have been shown footage of Stokes brawling with Ali and Hale, who are friends, in the early hours of September 25 previous year after walking away from the Bristol nightclub Mbargo.

Stokes is standing trial at Bristol Crown Court accused of knocking out two other men outside a nightclub in the southwest English city in September previous year.

Stokes told officers: "I said something like "leave it out, you shouldn't be taking the p*** because they're gay".

Mark Spure, an off-duty police community support officer for Avon and Somerset Police, described Stokes as the "main aggressor". "As I was on my own, when I separated two of them more people carried on behind me", the statement continued. I told them I would not have a job to go back to in the morning.

Jurors heard how Stokes said he acted in defence of himself, England teammate Alex Hale and Mr Barry and Mr O'Connor at all times, adding that they thanked him for protecting them.

Ali allegedly used the bottle to threaten Mr Hales, before making contact with Mr Barry's arm. While I was trying to stop the fighting, one of the males struck the other in the head with a clenched fist.

Ben Stokes mocking gay clubbers.

Cunningham said Stokes began to abuse him after he refused them entry.

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

He told police he "did not feel in any way drunk or impaired" and that he had consumed two or three pints at dinner before a further five drinks of vodka with a mixer in the Mbargo nightclub.

England cricket player Ben Stokes arrives at Bristol Crown Court.

Medical evidence was also provided to verify the claims Ali sustained a swelling from a fractured eye-socket and a cracked molar during the attack.

Mr Hales was never arrested in relation to the incident.

Hale cycled to hospital, where he was found to have bruising and a 4cm laceration consistent with blunt trauma.

Stokes is facing a charge of affray over a violent incident, which took place in the early hours of September 25 outside a club in Bristol.

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