Ben Stokes trial: Jury shown CCTV footage of ‘groin grab’

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Ben Stokes felt "under threat of immediate attack" moments before he became involved in a brawl in Bristol, the jury at Bristol Crown Court has been told.

Prosecutors say Stokes was the "main aggressor" in a fight that broke out after an England match.

The prosecution said Stokes told police he intervened with Ali and Hale because he overheard "nasty homophobic language", then told police he acted in self-defence when he thought he was about to be hit with a bottle. Yesterday, the court heard Stokes bullied the gay revellers, throwing a cigarette at one and making mocking gestures at them.

Stokes "started to take the mick out of them", mimicking their actions and "high-pitched" voices, he told the court.

Mr Spure described seeing Stokes punch Ali, who was trying to get away, with a "clenched fist" in the road.

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"These men were speaking to the gay guys in what I would call a harsh and abusive way", the statement said.

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

"At this point, I felt vulnerable and frightened".

"I did not known 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".

CCTV footage shows Stokes and Hales then caught up with Ali, Hale, Barry and O'Connor. "As I was on my own, when I separated two of them more people carried on behind me", the statement continued.

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The court has heard it was Stokes who had struck Ryan Ali, knocking him to the floor.

The player allegedly made "fun" of two men for their "camp behaviour" and impersonated their hand movements, before flicking the butt of his cigarette at them, the jury heard.

He alleged that cricketer Hales, who is not on trial, had "definitely used his feet on three occasions" on Ali. He was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary by ambulance and diagnosed as having suffered a fracture to the medial orbital wall on the left side of his face.

Ryan Hale (L) arrives at Bristol Crown Court on August 6, 2018 in Bristol, England.

Hale cycled to hospital, where he was found to have bruising and a 1.5in superficial laceration to his forehead consistent with blunt trauma.

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Stokes - who starred on Saturday as England beat India in the first Test at Edgbaston - Ali and Hale each deny a charge of affray.

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