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Sport Stokes 'could have killed me', court hears

17:06  09 august  2018
17:06  09 august  2018 Source:   skysports.com

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Ben Stokes was in Bristol Crown Court for the fourth day of the trial for alleged affray in the southwest English city on September 25 last year. Ryan Hale, a former soldier allegedly knocked out by Ben Stokes , said the England cricketer " could have killed me ", their trial heard Thursday, as the

The court has seen security camera footage of Stokes , 27, brawling with Hale and Ali in a Bristol street. The prosecution has said Stokes first knocked out Hale On Thursday, jurors heard that Hale told police in a formal interview: "I'm a dad. He could have killed me . I don't know why he didn't stop.

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Ryan Hale told police he believed Ben Stokes "could have killed him" in an incident outside a local nightclub, Bristol Crown Court heard on Thursday.

Stokes, 27, is on trial for affray, along with Hale, also 27, and 28-year-old Ryan Ali after all three were charged over an incident in the Clifton Triangle area of the city on September 25 last year.

The England all-rounder is alleged to have knocked Hale out during the fracas near the Mbargo nightclub.

All three deny the joint charge.

The court heard Hale's formal police interview on Thursday morning, with Stokes scheduled to give evidence later in the day - the trial is expected to last between five and seven days.

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The court has seen security camera footage of Stokes , 27, brawling with Hale and Ali in a Bristol street. The prosecution has said Stokes first knocked out Hale, then 27-year-old Ali. On Thursday, jurors heard that Hale told police in a formal interview: "I'm a dad. He could have killed me .

The court has seen security camera footage of Stokes , 27, brawling with Hale and Ali in a Bristol street. The prosecution has said Stokes first knocked out Hale, then 27-year-old Ali. On Thursday, jurors heard that Hale told police in a formal interview: “I’m a dad. He could have killed me .

Hale told officers: "I had a constant headache which I'm probably going to go and get checked out again. It's the emotions of it all. The fact I've been attacked. Watching the video was shocking.

"I'm a dad. He could have killed me. I don't know why he didn't stop. You hear about it all the time - he could have.

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The court has seen security camera footage of Stokes , 27, brawling with Hale and Ali in a Bristol street. The prosecution has said Stokes first knocked out Hale On Thursday, jurors heard that Hale told police in a formal interview: "I'm a dad. He could have killed me . I don't know why he didn't stop.

The court has seen security camera footage of Stokes , 27, brawling with Hale and Ali in a Bristol street. The prosecution has said Stokes first knocked out Hale, then 27-year-old Ali. On Thursday, jurors heard that Hale told police in a formal interview: "I'm a dad. He could have killed me .

"Just the way he was acting in the video, he could have beaten the living hell out of me. It's shocking to see someone doing that to someone who didn't do anything wrong. It's quite shocking to think that I've been put in a situation like that."

Hale, a former soldier, told police he, Ali and another man had been out celebrating his promotion at work and left Mbargo when the nightclub closed.

He said he and Ali were walking up Queen's Road with two gay men, William O'Connor and Kai Barry, when Stokes suddenly came running towards them.

"I remember two guys coming from the road and I remember saying 'I don't want no trouble'. I don't remember which order it was in. 'I don't want no trouble'," he said.

"Laid out on the floor. I don't really remember how it all happened from there."

Hale told police that a month before the incident he had suffered a mini-stroke - caused by an undiagnosed hole in the heart - that had affected his short-term memory.

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England cricketer Ben Stokes " could have killed " one of the two men he knocked unconscious during a fight near a nightclub, a court has heard . "Just the way he was acting in the video, he could have beaten the living hell out of me. "It's shocking to see someone doing that to someone who didn't do

The court has seen security camera footage of Stokes , 27, brawling with Hale and Ali in a Bristol street. The prosecution has said Stokes first knocked out Hale, then 27-year-old Ali. On Thursday, jurors heard that Hale told police in a formal interview: "I'm a dad. He could have killed me .

"I'd had stuff to drink, I don't know how much, a lot. From the movement on the video, I am not acting like a drunk idiot," he said.

He said that as they walked up the road after leaving Mbargo there had been "banter" between him and Ali and Mr O'Connor and Mr Barry.

"The first thing he did was put his hand on my k***. I'm an ex-soldier, to me it's banter," he said.

"It did not offend me at all. He was pinching my a*** and I grabbed him and said 'You're coming home with me'. He said 'Just because I'm gay doesn't mean I'm going home with any other bloke'. He probably thought I wasn't going to be like that. I was like, it's fine, no problem, and just carried on walking."

Hale said that initially he thought Stokes had targeted him first but the video shows the cricketer going for his friend Ali.

"I remember saying 'I don't want any trouble'. Then he attacked me and Ryan (Ali) intervenes but clearly it was the other way round," Hale said.

"I just remember them crossing the road and there was a commotion. I don't know why it happened. I am pulling him off because he is going to cane his face in and the gay guys are trying to pull me away.

"I am telling him to stop. He is having a go at Ryan and I am trying to stop any fight, to stop him getting hurt. That's the moment I get smashed to the face."

Hale told police that he saw Stokes' England team-mate Alex Hales "stamp" on the face of Ali as he lay on the floor.

"They were kicking him in the face," he told officers during the interview, in which he had been cautioned but not arrested.

"I saw Hales with a flat foot, stamping on his face. I said 'Oi, oi, oi'. Hales runs off across the road. I grabbed Stokes, he is a big lad, and [I said] 'Leave it'."

Hale said Mr O'Connor and Mr Barry pulled him to help him up.

"I was the innocent bystander getting assaulted brutally for nothing, standing there with open fists being smacking around the place," Hale said. "There's no self-defence and he isn't defending anyone else."

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