Star all-rounder Stokes acquitted of affray after Bristol brawl

Sports | 15 Aug 2018

England cricketer Ben Stokes was found not guilty of affray in a unanimous decision by a jury after less than three hours of deliberations following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

The 27-year-old - whose co-defendant Ryan Ali was also found unanimously not guilty - had been charged following a brawl hours after England played the West Indies in a one-day international in Bristol in September last year.

His wife, Clare, cried when the verdicts were read while Stokes closed his eyes with relief and then looked up. Stokes shook hands with Ali on leaving the dock at the end of the trial that lasted seven days.

Stokes' career has been on hold during the trial. He missed England's second Test victory over India at Lord's and was omitted from the squad for the third Test which gets underway at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

He also missed the Ashes tour of Australia.


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