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Ben Stokes trial: England cricketer told 'shut up or I'll bottle you'

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Rita Gibson | 10 August, 2018, 12:29

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".

Stokes, 27, is on trial at Bristol Crown Court in southwest England for alleged affray, along with 27-year-old Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, 28.

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

- "Groin grab" -On Wednesday, the third day of the trial, the court saw footage of Ali and Hale holding beer bottles and walking up a road with Barry and O'Connor - described by the prosecution as "openly gay" Mbargo regulars.

"As the group came to my attention, I heard some of what was being said", Stokes said in the written statement. While I was trying to stop the fighting, one of the males struck the other in the head with a clenched fist.

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

"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 walked into the road to try to separate the group and get in between them", he said. They had shown a willingness to use weapons in attacking people and were willing to gang up such that at points, the pair of them were attacking me on my own. "He had a green T-shirt on".

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He was alleged to have offered £300 (NZ$570) to gain entry, but was denied. Stokes while making fun of the couple flickered the cigarette but at them, that's when Cunningham stepped in.

The England cricketer knocked out Ryan Ali with one punch while the firefighter appeared to be backing away from a confrontation, a jury at Bristol crown court was told.

"I was anxious it might be two on to one and I knew one had had a bottle", Stokes told police.

Ali suffered significant injuries, including a fractured eye socket, and required hospital treatment.

Stokes said he intervened and told Ali and Hale: "Leave it out - you shouldn't be taking the **** because they're gay".

Hale sustained a 1.5in laceration to his forehead - 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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