Jesse Ryder was only punched once, claims defence lawyer

Last Updated: Friday, April 5, 2013 - 11:51

Sydney: New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder was punched only once and his injuries were not as serious as reported, a lawyer for one of the two men charged with assaulting him told a court.

Jonathan Eaton said Ryder was sharing a friendly drink with the accused before a dispute broke out, and the cricketer was injured as he fell to the ground ‘after being punched once’.

Police have said Ryder was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after the assault outside a bar in the South Island city of Christchurch a week ago.

The police added that Ryder was also put into an induced coma suffering from a fractured skull and internal injuries.

Eaton, however, said witness accounts that Ryder had been punched and kicked were ‘wildly inaccurate’ and he had not in fact suffered a fractured skull.

The two men, a 37-year-old and his 20-year-old nephew, appeared in the Christchurch District Court charged with assault and were bailed to re-appear in two weeks.

According to the report, Eaton told the court the men had been at a family dinner when the chance meeting with Ryder occurred.

He said the meeting started in a ‘highly convivial’ manner with drinks being shared but a dispute followed, the report added.


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First Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 - 11:51

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