Stokes 'could have killed man in fight'


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Media captionFootage from the arresting officer’s bodycam has been shown to the jury at Mr Stokes’ trial.

England cricketer Ben Stokes “could have killed” a man in a brawl outside a nightclub, a court has heard.

The Durham all-rounder is one of two men accused of fighting in Bristol on 25 September.

Bristol Crown Court previously heard Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27, were knocked unconscious by 27-year-old Mr Stokes, who denies affray.

Mr Ali has also pleaded not guilty to affray. A charge against Mr Hale was dismissed by the judge on Thursday.

On the fourth day of the trial, the jury heard former soldier Mr Hale tell police in a formal interview that he believed Mr Stokes could have killed him.

He added: “I’m a dad. He could have killed me. I don’t know why he didn’t stop.”

The jury was directed by Judge Peter Blair QC to find Mr Hale not guilty of affray following legal submissions.

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