Stokes 'could have killed' man, court told

Ben Stokes "could have killed" one of the two men he knocked unconscious, a court has heard.
Ben Stokes "could have killed" one of the two men he knocked unconscious, a court has heard.

England cricketer Ben Stokes "could have killed" one of the two men he knocked unconscious during a fight near a nightclub, a court has heard.

Former soldier Ryan Hale, 27, told detectives in an interview he didn't understand why the Durham allrounder didn't stop attacking him and his friend Ryan Ali, 28.

Hale, Ali and 27-year-old Stokes are on trial at Bristol Crown Court jointly accused of affray.

It follows an alleged fracas near the Mbargo nightclub in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol shortly after 2am on September 25 last year, hours after England had played the West Indies in a one-day international in the city.

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

"I had a constant headache, which I'm probably going to go and get checked out again," he told officers.

"I'm a dad. He could have killed me. I don't know why he didn't stop. You hear about it all the time - he could have.

"Just the way he was acting in the video, he could have beaten the living hell out of me.

"It's shocking to see someone doing that to someone who didn't do anything wrong."

The trial continues.

Australian Associated Press