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Ben Stokes had at least 7 vodka drinks and 3 beers before Bristol pub brawlBen Stokes had at least 7 vodka drinks and 3 beers before Bristol pub brawl

first_imgBen Stokes took to the witness stands for the first time in his trial on Thursday where he admitted to have had at least seven vodka and mixer drinks and two-three beers before the brawl outside the Bristol pub in September last year.Stokes is standing trial at the Bristol Crown Court after being accused of knocking out two other men outside a nightclub in the southwest English city.Prosecutors say Stokes was the “main aggressor” in a fight that broke out outside the nightclub. Stokes had gone out with teammate Alex Hales after England’s win over West Indies in an ODI in Bristol.Ben Stokes, amid legal battle, sends out emotional message for EnglandBut in a statement provided to police and heard in court Wednesday, Stokes said he only stepped in after hearing two men being homophobic toward two other men.Stokes said “matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene.”Stokes himself is accused of earlier mocking the gay men outside the club and flicking a cigarette butt at them. Stokes denies taunting them, telling police they “thanked me for preventing them from being beaten up.”Ben Stokes ‘mocked gay men’ before Bristol pub brawl: ProsecutorStokes had been partying with Hales at the Mbargo nightclub but left the club at 12:46 am but the pair returned at 2:08 am and was refused entry because the club was closed. Stokes allegedly hurled insulting comments at the door supervisor.Stokes then spoke to two men – Kai Barry and William O’Connor – who were described by the prosecutor as “flamboyant, extrovert and openly gay.” Security camera footage, which had no audio recording, showed Stokes flicking the end of a cigarette toward one of the men.advertisementCiting testimony from the doorman, Corsellis said Stokes was “mimicking their voices and mannerisms … making fun of their camp behavior” before leaving the area in an “angry state of mind.””As the group came to my attention, I heard some of what was being said. Although I can’t remember anything specific now, I do recall that the language being used was homophobic in nature and was being directed at Kai and William by Ryan Hale and Ryan Ali,” ESPNCricinfo quotes Stokes as saying in a written statement.”What Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale were saying was far from harmless banter, it was nasty homophobic abuse.”I decided to intervene and asked Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale to stop abusing Kai and William. I said something like ‘leave it out – you shouldn’t be taking the piss because they’re gay.'”In response one of the guys said ‘Shut the f*** up and f**** off or I’ll bottle you.’ At the time he was holding a bottle in his right hand.”I decided at this point matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene to stop Ryan Ali. I struck Ryan Ali with my right hand just after he had delivered the blow on Kai and as he came at me with the bottle and had it raised.”At this point, I felt vulnerable and frightened. I was concerned for myself and others. We knew that they were prepared to use weapons that could do serious injury and I feared they could have other weapons with them.”The force I used in defending us was reasonable and entirely justified when the circumstances are viewed objectively. Amongst other things, Ryan Ali attacked Alex and Kai, with a weapon, when asked simply to stop using the homophobic abuse he was giving to Kai and William. This was an extreme act of aggression in the circumstances and informed my assessment of the situation,” Stokes’s statement further added.The trial continues.(With agency inputs)last_img read more