Ben Stokes felt "under threat of immediate attack" moments before brawl

England cricketer Ben Stokes walks into Bristol Crown Court. Stokes has been jointly charged with affray outside

England cricketer Ben Stokes walks into Bristol Crown Court. Stokes has been jointly charged with affray outside

He also mentioned that the two other men - Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, who are standing trial also accused of affray along with Stokes - left the club and accompanied O'Connor and Barry. Detective Constable Daniel Adams said, "Mr Barry grabs Mr Ali around the groin area".

Jurors have been shown footage of Stokes brawling with Ali and Hale, who are friends, in the early hours of September 25 previous year after walking away from the Bristol nightclub Mbargo.

Ali also claimed he didn't recall where the bottle came from or holding it but accepted, having watched CCTV footage, that he brandished one in self-defence.

Images released today show the injuries sustained by Ali and Hale after allegedly being attacked by Stokes, hours after England beat the West Indies in a one-day global in the city.

The prosecution has described Barry and O'Connor as two "flamboyant, extrovert and openly gay" regulars at Mbargo.

Jurors have previously heard claims that Mr Hales, who was never arrested in relation to the incident, stamped and kicked Ali as he lay on the floor. Mr Barry appears to link arms with Mr Ali and is shrugged off and pushed away.

"Both Kai and William thanked me for preventing them from being beaten up".

He added: "It was homophobic in nature".

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"One of the guys responded - he said "shut up or I'll bottle you" in an aggressive tone to me". I took exception and said "leave it out" and "you shouldn't be taking the piss because they're gay".

Stokes, who played a major role in England's win over India in the first Test at Edgbaston last week, will miss the second Test, which begins on Thursday at Lord's.

PC Stacey Alway, who arrested Stokes, told the court: "From the moment I approached him (Stokes) he calmed down and was compliant".

"I felt the need to defend myself".

"I decided at this point matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene to stop Ryan Ali". And Stokes replied: "Because he was abusing my two friends for being gay".

The doorman said Hales asked what had happened and, after being told, said to his team-mate: "Stokesy - don't do that".

The trial before Judge Peter Blair QC, the Recorder of Bristol, is expected to last between five and seven days in courtroom one.

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