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Cricketer Ben Stokes found not guilty of affray

Cricketer Ben Stokes found not guilty of affray

Ben Stokes' defence barrister told the jury he had acted "to defend himself or in defence of another"
England cricketer Ben Stokes has been found not guilty of affray after a fight near a Bristol nightclub.The Durham all-rounder, 27, denied the charge following the fracas between a group of men last September.Ryan Ali, 28 - who was knocked unconscious in the brawl - was also found not guilty of the same charge.The fight happened several hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies at the County Ground in the city.Mr Stokes and Mr Ali shook hands on leaving the dock.
Ryan Ali has been cleared of affray
During the six-day trial, Bristol Crown Court heard the incident described as "a sustained episode of significant violence" from Mr Stokes who had "lost control".Mr Stokes told the jury he had "stepped in" to defend two gay men who were being verbally abused, but then had to defend himself from Mr Ali and Ryan Hale, 27, who were threatening violence.Mr Hale was acquitted of the same charge last week.As Mr Ali left court, smiling, he told BBC Sport editor Dan Roan he was "relieved it's all over" and said he had no further comment to make.
Cricketer Ben Stokes found not guilty of affray

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Footage from the arresting officer's bodycam was shown to the jury during the trial
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