Ben Stokes trial shown ‘groin grab’ video

A nightclub bouncer told the court Stokes ridiculed his appearance

A nightclub bouncer told the court Stokes ridiculed his appearance

CCTV footage has been released allegedly showing England cricketer Ben Stokes flicking a cigarette butt at two gay men.

Stokes, who is standing trial for affray alongside Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, was described as "trying to get at another individual" by Mark Spure, an off-duty member of the police force, who witnessed part of the incident.

Christchurch-born Stokes, a star allrounder, is accused of affray during the early hours of September 25 previous year.

Spure, who works for Avon and Somerset constabulary as a PCSO (police and community support officer), told the court he "saw a group of people fighting" as he made his way home at the end of a night out.

Prosecutors allege that trouble flared after Stokes and Hales caught up with Ali, Hale, O'Connor and Barry on a nearby street. "I walked into the road to try and intervene and got between them". "He had a green t-shirt on".

Mr Ali and Mr Hale also deny affray and are on trial alongside the cricketer.

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

Hale allegedly suffered a fractured eye socket in the incident.

Adams said: "Mr Barry appears to link arms with Mr Ali and is shrugged off and pushed away".

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Nicholas Corsellis, prosecuting, read medical evidence of the injuries sustained by Hale and Ali in the alleged fight.

"I didn't know who these males were because I was unable to identify them", PC Alway said.

Cunningham told the court Stokes was denied entry into the Mbargo nightclub after it had closed at 2am.

Stokes' lawyer Gordon Cole said Barry and O'Connor had been "taking the mickey" out of Stokes' shoes.

"He asked whether you could loosen the handcuff on his right hand? He said it was because it had been injured, not because of what happened but because he had three operations on it?"

During the footage played to the court, Stokes can be heard asking Pc Alway: "Is there going to be any sort of cameras around here?"

He told the court that he was surprised by the force of a punch thrown and felt sorry for the man who was hit.

Mr Stokes, of Castle Eden, Durham, was arrested in the early hours along with Mr Ali, of Bristol, and Mr Hale, of Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol.

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