Ben Stokes accused of lying to jury during Bristol pub-brawl trial

first_imgBen Stokes has been providing contradictory statements after taking to the witness stand of the Bristol crown court where he is under trial following his involvement in the street fight outside a nightclub in September last year.The trial is in its fifth day with Stokes now being accused of lying to the jury by the opposition lawyer.Anna Midgley QC, who is representing co-accused Ryan Ali, questioned Stokes on Friday and came to the conclusion that he had “misrepresented” events and possibly “just got the wrong end of the stick” after getting into a fight with Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, who allegedly hurled homophobic abuses at two gay men outside the nightclub.”You thought something untoward was being said to them about their sexuality, but you can’t remember a single word, can you. Won’t you consider that you have just got the wrong end of the stick?,” Midgley QC was quoted by ESPNCricinfo.”I can’t recollect the direct words, but I’m very clear the words used were of homophobic abuse,” Stokes replied.Also read – Ben Stokes had at least 7 vodka drinks and 3 beers before Bristol pub brawl”You have over-exaggerated the exchange in an attempt to justify your own violent behaviour haven’t you?” Midgley asked. “You’ve misrepresented what happened, haven’t you?””No,” Stokes replied.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.advertisementBut 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.Also read – Ben Stokes, amid legal battle, sends out emotional message for EnglandStokes 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. But he denied taunting them, telling police they “thanked me for preventing them from being beaten up.””Are you hiding behind your lack of recollection because you carried out a retaliatory attack?” Prosecution lawyer Nicholas Corsellis asked.”No, all my actions were in self-defence,” Stokes replied.”You’re lying to the jury about the cigarette butt, aren’t you?” Corsellis continued. “You’re lying about mimicking and mocking Mr Barry and Mr O’Connor.Also read – Ben Stokes ‘mocked gay men’ before Bristol pub brawl: Prosecutor”I’m not sure it [the butt] was still in my hand,” Stokes replied. “I hadn’t seen the footage… it looks like I’ve done something towards the area.””You have a problem with your anger, don’t you?” Corsellis asked.”No,” Stokes replied.”You’re trying to cover up your actions because you know you were angry with Mr Cunningham, aren’t you?” Corsellis asked. “The CCTV shows you being angry, doesn’t it?””No,” Stokes replied.The trial continues.(With agency inputs)last_img

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