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  1. I’ve been reading with interest all the write ups from journos in the court on twitter, I’d like to think I’m fairly well informed on this case and like a few others know people involved in the case and one thing that I really hope is investigated (although I’m sure it won’t be) is the fake news that was in The Sun last October, as also reported in The Telegraph below: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/cricket/2017/10/27/ben-stokes-real-hero-saving-us-say-gay-menfollowing-homophobic/amp/?__twitter_impression=true Mr Barry and Mr O’Connell stated that they had met Ben Stokes in Mbargo, chatted to him, and that he’d bought them drinks. Also that they left with Ben Stokes and then heard someone shouting abuse at them from behind which then led to the fighting. All of which had now been proved via cctv and in a court of law under oath to be a complete fabrication. As Ben Stokes confirmed he’d first met Mr Barry and Mr O’Connell outside the club it was in fact Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale that had spoke to them in the club and bought them drinks. Which begs the question why did they go to The Sun with a completly fabricated story? If it was purely to make money by selling their story they could have told the truth and still made money? Were they put up to it by “other” parties? I feel it speaks volumes that as such a vital part of this incident Mr Barry And Mr O’Conell weren’t called to give evidence. Is this because the prosecution and defence knew they’d both lied? Is it because they knew under oath they would have to admit they fabricated The Suns October story? Can The Sun/Ryan Ali or Ryan Hale take Mr Barry and Mr O’Connell to court now it has been proved they provided them with a fabricated story, seemingly (in my humble opinion only) to paint Ben Stokes in a good light possibly to persuade the selectors he should play in The Ashes, and possibly to have an impact on any future court case?
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