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Stokes 'behaved like a bully' towards two gay men

Stokes 'behaved like a bully' towards two gay men

Ben Stokes, 27 was today accused of "trying to provoke the two gay men" by a bouncer who claimed he was sworn at in an "angry and spiteful tone" after he refused him entry to a nightclub.

Stokes is accused of punching Hale, 27, to the ground and then allegedly knocking out Ali, 28, a short time later.

Earlier in the day, the jury were shown body-camera footage from the police officer (PC Stacey Allway) who arrested Stokes and heard from an off-duty police and community support officer who suggested Stokes was "the main aggressor" during the part of the fight he witnessed.

In a statement provided to police and heard in court, Stokes said he only stepped in after hearing two men being homophobic toward two other men.

Stokes told officers: "I said something like "leave it out, you shouldn't be taking the p*** because they're gay".

Cunningham said he did not step in until Stokes flicked a cigarette butt at the men.

"The ginger one offered me 60 and asked me if that would get them in, " he told the jury.

Ali also described how, as he lay "in the gutter" having allegedly been punched by Stokes, he made a phone call to the council's CCTV office to ensure they had footage of the incident.

All three defendants deny the charge. He mentioned my gold teeth and he said I looked like [expletive] and I replied, "Thank you very much".

Mr. Stokes, in a written statement given to police after he had been arrested, said he had acted in self-defence when punching Mr. Ali and Mr.

"He had a conversation with his friend and he said "300 get us in" and I still told them no".

"I didn't feel I had an option".

Stokes added he "felt under threat of immediate attack from both these men and I did what I did only in order to defend myself".

The prosecution has described Barry and O'Connor as two "flamboyant, extrovert and openly gay" regulars at Mbargo. "I saw him after everything happened".

Bristol Crown Court heard he was "squaring up" to other men before he was cuffed. They had shown a willingness to use weapons in attacking people and were willing to gang up such that at points, the pair of them were attacking me on my own.

He was alleged to have offered £300 (NZ$570) to gain entry, but was denied.

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