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England cricket star Ben Stokes found not guilty of affray

England cricket star Ben Stokes found not guilty of affray”

Ben Stokes has been found not guilty of affray. The England all-rounder had been arrested and charged with affray following an incident outside a bar in Bristol last September. The Rajasthan Royals paid US$1.95 million for Stokes to play in the six-week Twenty20 competition.

As the jury of six men and six women returned its verdict, Stokes staggered forward in the dock, and puffed out his cheeks as the foreman delivered his not guilty verdict.

Stokes, who plays for the England test team, was charged with affray, accused of knocking two men out in a brawl near a nightclub in Bristol, southwest England, last September.

Stokes continued: "Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale were taller and broader than Kai and William".

Stokes, of Stockton Road, Castle Eden, Durham, and Ali, of Forest Road, Bristol, each denied a charge of affray.

Stokes, 27, was accused of knocking unconscious two men, Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, in a brawl in Bristol, southwest England, last September just hours after he had played in a one-day global against the West Indies.

However, his lawyer Gordon Cole QC said that was "complete nonsense", the BBC reported.

He said he had not been drunk but admitted he could not remember what the had been said.

Stokes told Bristol Crown Court last week that he was defending a gay couple from a potential homophobic attack.

Anna Midgley, representing Ali, told the jury her client felt "regret" after watching the footage of himself brandishing a bottle after Stokes and Mr Hales came over.

Stokes missed the second Test against India at Lords and was not included in the squad for the third Test, beginning on Saturday at Trent Bridge, because of the on-going court proceedings.

Any possible sanction by the CDC will take into account that Stokes has already missed the Ashes tour as a result of the episode - Hales also missed two ODIs at the end of the 2017 English domestic season - and Stokes' solicitor, Paul Lunt, drew attention to the amount of cricket-related punishment that he had already received for his actions.



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