Sport

Ben Stokes says he protected gay men in street brawl

Ben Stokes says he protected gay men in street brawl”

But in a statement provided to police and heard in court Wednesday, Stokes said he only stepped in after hearing two men being homophobic toward two other men.

He identified Stokes to attending police officers, who arrested him.

Stokes and several other England players had gone to Mbargo to celebrate a one-day global win over the West Indies last September.

"I was anxious it might be two on to one and I knew one had had a bottle just before this", he said.

"While I was trying to stop the fighting, one struck the other with a clenched fist and he fell to the floor", Spure said.

"Mr Stokes, Mr Hales, Mr Barry and Mr O'Connor are outside of the door of Mbargo together - laughing", Cole said.

"I felt the need to defend myself".

"I did not know Ryan Hale or Ryan Ali and I was forced to make a decision as to how far they would be prepared to go and what they might do if they got the upper hand".

Earlier in the day, the jury were shown body-camera footage from the police officer (PC Stacey Allway) who arrested Stokes and heard from an off-duty police and community support officer who suggested Stokes was "the main aggressor" during the part of the fight he witnessed. Stokes said "matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene".

Nicholas Corsellis, prosecuting, told the jury: "Mr Cunningham observed Mr Stokes's behaviour towards them".

"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". Ali, Spure said, was "trying to back away or move away from the situation" before the punch was thrown.

In a second statement to police, Stokes denied mimicking Kai Barry and William O'Connor, whom he referred to as "the gay couple", in a derogatory way.

Mr Stokes, the hero of England's victory over India on Saturday, is accused of having lost control during a fracas in which he punched Mr Hale, 27, and fractured the eye socket of Ryan Ali, 28.

Cunningham said he did not step in until Stokes flicked a cigarette butt at the men.

Hale, who cycled to hospital, was found to have bruising and a 1.5in cut to his forehead.

Bristol Crown Court heard he was "squaring up" to other men before he was cuffed. All three deny a charge of affray.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


08 August 2018
Trump going ahead with tariffs on $16B in Chinese imports
April 4: China rolls out a listof more than 100 USA goods worth roughly $50 billion that are subject to retaliatory tariffs. The Chinese counter-move will take effect immediately after the USA imposes tariffs on the same amount of Chinese goods.

08 August 2018
Bethesda Nixes Steam in Favor of Its Own Launcher - Fallout 76
The news comes after it was previously revealed how Bethesda will pick players eligible for the Fallout 76 beta. It was previously announced that expansion DLC for the game will be free, but there will be paid cosmetic items.

08 August 2018
Tesla board evaluating CEO Musk's idea to take company private
He said that would allow Tesla to "operate at its best, free from as much distraction and short-term thinking as possible". Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday that he's is mulling taking Tesla private at US$420 a share.

08 August 2018
Head of Syria research center killed in auto bombing: newspaper, rebel group
Western and Israeli intelligence agencies have long linked the SSRC to Syria's chemical weapons program. The activist group said the video had been sent to Abou Ammar's family, from the village of Shbiki.

08 August 2018
The Academy announces new changes to the Oscars, including popular film category
In an effort to keep future ceremonies to three hours, the awards will be presented live and during commercial breaks. It means films which are popular with the public but not with critics could be much more likely to be recognised.

08 August 2018
Hurricane Hector eyes Hawaii volcano
Hurricane Hector gained in strength overnight as it continues its march westward across the Central Pacific. Hector will cross into the central Pacific basin tonight or early Monday.

08 August 2018
New York Congressman Chris Collins Indicted on Insider Trading Charges
Collins reportedly used information from negative clinical trial tests conducted by a pharmaceutical company named Innate. The indictment also names his son, Cameron Collins, and Stephen Zarsky, the father of his son's fiancée.

08 August 2018
Indonesia quake death toll rises to more than 345
He said the death toll is still expected to increase. "The affected areas have no electricity, and hospitals are over capacity". Aid organisations, already on Lombok after last week's quake, said they were stepping up their humanitarian efforts.

08 August 2018
College student includes massive gator in graduation photos
While studying at Texas A&M, she worked as an intern at alligator sanctuary Gator Country , where the viral photos were taken. Makenzie Noland, a Texas student, poses for her graduation photo in cap, sash and - somewhat unusually - with an alligator.

08 August 2018
Astronomers Discover New Planet Not Orbiting Any Star
Brown dwarves are hard objects to categorise they are too huge to be considered planets and not big enough to be considered stars. Last year, an independent team of scientists discovered that it was actually part of a young group of stars and less massive.