England Star Ben Stokes Trial Shown 'Groin Grab' Video

Ruben Hill
August 8, 2018

Even as England prepare for the second Test against India to build up on their 1-0 lead achieved at Edgbaston, the trial of their premier all-rounder Ben Stokes over a brawl in a nightclub in Bristol past year has gained momentum.

At about 2.35am, Stokes was filmed on CCTV brawling with his co-defendants Ali and Ryan Hale.

Jurors have been shown footage of Stokes brawling with Ali and Hale, who are friends, in the early hours of September 25 past year after walking away from the Bristol nightclub Mbargo.

Witness Mark Spure, an off-duty police community support officer (PCSO), said that after he left Mbargo nightclub he spotted "three to five" people involved in a "scuffle" on a nearby street.

He told the jury of six men and six women that he intervened when he saw Stokes flick a cigarette butt at Mr O'Connor and Mr Barry. "He had a green t-shirt on".

A few minutes later, Stokes knocked out Mr Ali, 28 and Mr Hale, 27.

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

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

Mr Spure told the court he had tried to move Mr Ali out of the road, as there were passing cars, but he was "completely unable to move".

The court also heard details of the injury Ali is alleged to have sustained from the blow.

His left eye was swollen and he had a laceration above his eyebrow, a cracked lower left molar and bruising to his head.

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

"From the moment I approached [Mr Stokes] he calmed down and he was completely compliant with me".

Mr Cunningham told the jury Stokes mocked his gold front teeth and insulted his tattoos during the altercation.

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

Cunningham said Hales asked what had happened and, after being told, said: "Stokesy - don't do that".

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 said to the officer: "Have those two other guys gone?"

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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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