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Stokes' England teammate next in crosshairs in affray case

14 August, 2018, 18:55 | Author: Hannah Francis
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Stokes maintained he heard best friends Ali and Mr Hale direct homophobic abuse at Mr O'Connor and Mr Barry - but was unable to say what those words were.

All-rounder Ben Stokes, who was deemed not guilty of affray charges by a Bristol court on Tuesday, has subsequently been added to the England squad for the third Test starting on Saturday in Nottingham.

Ali then delivered a glancing blow to the shoulder of Kai Barry, a gay man who was out with friend William O'Connor in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol in the early hours of September 25 past year.

The jurors, who will consider their verdicts on Tuesday, have been told the precise start to the violence is unknown but Mr Ali swung a beer bottle at Mr Stokes's team-mate Mr Hales.

Ali, 28, was found not guilty of affray while Hale was acquitted of the same charge part way through the trial at Bristol Crown Court.

He said he had not been drunk but admitted he could not remember what the had been said.

Ali denied that Mr O'Connor and Mr Barry were being "a bit of a nuisance" and he and Mr Hale were getting "irate" with them.

"We knew that they were prepared to use weapons that could do serious injury and I feared they could have other weapons with them".




Kai Barry said that the incident had begun because "someone came across the road and tried to hit me with a bottle".

"They just want to get in with their lives".

Ali was also found not guilty of affray and he shook hands with Stokes on leaving the dock.

He and his teammates were out celebrating England's win against the West Indies when a fight broke out and led to Stokes' arrest.

The court has been told Mr Hales kicked Ali in the head and stamped on him as he lay on the ground, with Stokes then knocking out Mr Hale.

Stokes and Ali tussled and fell to the floor and when the sportsman got back to his feet Mr Hale was stood in front of him.

Ali, an emergency services worker, suffered a fractured eye socket, while Mr Hale, a former soldier, was left with concussion after both were punched by the cricketer in the brawl.

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