Ben Stokes trial: Cricketer threw ‘a number of punches’ (News)

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Ben Stokes has pleaded not responsible to affray and is on trial at Bristol Crown Court docket

England cricketer Ben Stokes admitted throwing a number of punches at a person exterior a nightclub in Bristol, a jury has heard.

The Durham all-rounder, who denies affray, has taken to the stand for a second day at Bristol Crown Court docket.

Mr Stokes, 27, stated: “It is clear in my statements that I admit to throwing a number of punches.”

He’s on trial alongside Ryan Ali, 28, who the cricketer is alleged to have knocked out, exterior the Mbargo membership.

He instructed the courtroom he felt “continually below menace” by two males who he claims made homophobic slurs to a different two males.

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Ben Stokes was arrested on the evening of the combat in Bristol

When questioned by the prosecution, he denied knocking out Mr Ali or being very drunk.

Mr Ali has additionally denied a cost of affray whereas Ryan Hale, 27, was acquitted of the identical cost on Thursday.

Mr Stokes agreed that he had not less than 10 drinks, together with pints of beer, vodka and lemonade in addition to “a number of” Jagerbombs, that are pictures blended with beer or power drinks.

‘Not threatening’

Beneath cross-examination by Mr Ali’s defence counsel, he was questioned whether or not he had misheard what was being stated.

However, he maintained Mr Ali and Mr Hale made homophobic feedback exterior the membership within the Clifton triangle space of Bristol throughout the early hours of 25 September final 12 months.

Mr Stokes instructed the jury he was not “threatening or aggressive” in direction of the boys.

“I would say I used to be verbally saying ‘I do not suppose you ought to be saying that to those two guys as a result of they’re homosexual’,” he stated.

The trial continues.

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