Men accused of attacking Jesse Ryder appear in court

By Kurt Bayer of APNZ

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 The two men accused of assaulting star cricketer Jesse Ryder have appeared in court this morning.


The pair, aged 20 and 37 and both from Christchurch, appeared in the dock at Christchurch District Court at the post-earthquake temporary Nga Hau e Wha Marae venue this morning.

The 37-year-old has been charged with assaulting Jesse Daniel Ryder and also with reckless disregard for the safety of others he injured Ryder.

The younger man, believed to be his nephew, is facing two charges of assault, one in connection with the older man.

Charge sheets say the older man is a builder while the younger man is a carpet layer. They both live at the same city address.

They were both well-dressed today, the older man wearing a tie, the younger in a suit with shirt buttoned all the way up.

Ryder, 28 was punched and kicked outside Aikmans bar in Merivale, Christchurch, early last Thursday after a season's end night out with his Wellington Firebirds' teammates.

He suffered a fractured skull and a punctured lung from the attack and after spending two days in an induced coma at Christchurch Hospital is now recuperating at his Wellington home.

He is back on his feet and recovering well, his manager Aaron Klee says.


Defence counsel Jonathan Eaton, appearing for the older man, asked for a two-week remand until April 18.


He said police did not oppose that remand being on continued bail at a Christchurch address.


A curfew was not appropriate for his client given the ``age and stage'' he was in life, and the fact he was not a risk of repeating the alleged behaviour.


But his client accepted he would not enter licensed premises in the Christchurch area between 7pm and 7am.


He asked for his client to be given interim name and image suppression.


He said witness accounts previously published in the media were ``widely inaccurate''.


Police inquiries were ongoing, he said, and he had not been able to yet view the CCTV footage of the alleged incident.


If the men had their photographs published it could jeopardise a fair trial, which Mr Eaton said hinged on ``who is alleged to have done what''.


Police agreed with him.

 

- Hawkes Bay Today

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