England cricketer Ben Stokes arrives at Bristol Crown Court

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Ben Stokes’ defence barrister instructed the jury he had acted “to defend himself or in defence of one other”

The jury has retired to contemplate its verdicts within the trial of England cricketer Ben Stokes who’s accused of knocking two males unconscious exterior a nightclub.

Mr Stokes, 27, and Ryan Ali, 28, have denied affray at Bristol Crown Court docket.

Mr Stokes mentioned he was performing in self-defence when he punched Mr Ali and Ryan Hale, 27, in the course of the fracas in Bristol final yr.

However Mr Ali argued the cricketer wanted restraining to guard Mr Hale.

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Each Mr Stokes and Ryan Ali have denied affray

The struggle befell a number of hours after England had performed a one-day worldwide in opposition to West Indies on the metropolis’s County Floor.

Through the six-day trial, the jury heard the Durham all-rounder was “drunk and enraged” after being refused entry again into Mbargo nightclub at 02:00 BST on 25 September.

His defence barrister mentioned this was “full nonsense”

Prosecutor Nicholas Corsellis instructed the court docket Mr Stokes had acted “to defend himself or in defence of one other” when Mr Ali had a bottle in his hand, however then “rapidly turned aggressor”.

Mr Ali’s defence barrister Anna Midgley mentioned there had been no proof to indicate her consumer had out of the blue misplaced it “from a relaxed gentleman to a complete persona change”.

Mr Stokes, of Fortress Eden, Durham, was arrested within the early hours together with emergency companies employee Mr Ali, of Bristol, and Mr Hale, of Westbury-on-Trym, who was acquitted of the identical cost final Thursday.


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