Ben Stokes mocked two gay men, bouncer tells trial

Ben Stokes was at Bristol Crown Court for the second day of his trial

Ben Stokes was at Bristol Crown Court for the second day of his trial

The court heard that when PC Alway said to Mr Stokes "a guy over there was covered in blood and I've been told you punched him", he replied "because he was abusing my two friends for being gay".

Cunningham said Stokes began to abuse him after he refused them entry. Pic: Ben Birchall/PA Wire.

Stokes is accused of punching Ali to the ground, with Mr Hales then kicking him on the head as he lay prostrate.

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

Stokes stands accused of affray alongside Ryan Hale, 27, and Ali, 28.

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.

Detective Constable Adams told the court of the CCTV: "Mr Stokes appears to mimic the actions of William O'Connor".

"Just the way he was acting in the video, he could have beaten the living hell out of me". I was concerned for myself and others. Mr Barry appears to link arms with Mr Ali and is shrugged off and pushed away.

"I decided at this point matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene to stop Ryan Ali", Stokes told police.

The court also heard from the man who filmed the fight on his phone, saying the men were "clearly drunk and sounded like football hooligans".

"The individual seemed to be the main aggressor or was progressing forward trying to get to another individual", Mr. Spure told the court.

Gordon Cole QC, defending Stokes, asked Pc Alway to confirm that his client was "calm and compliant" with her when he was arrested.

On Wednesday, the third day of the trial, the court saw footage of Ali and Hale holding beer bottles and walking up a road with Barry and O'Connor - described by the prosecution as "openly gay" Mbargo regulars.

Mr Hales was never arrested in relation to the incident.

She said they stopped the auto and spoke to the man, who was Mr Spure, and he told her that he had seen Stokes punch Ali to the floor and then pointed to a group of men stood on the other side of the road.

"They were complete strangers".

Mr Cunningham, who has four gold front teeth and tattoos said: "The ginger one offered me £60 and asked me if that would get them in". He also had a cracked left molar as well as other bruising.

Hale sustained a 1.5in laceration to his forehead - consistent with blunt trauma. He had a conversation with his friend and he said '£300 get us in' and I still told them no. This was an extreme act of aggression in the circumstances and informed my assessment of the situation.

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