4 Apr 2013

Pair in court over Ryder assault

5:47 pm on 4 April 2013

The lawyer for one of the men charged with assaulting Jesse Ryder says the incident wasn't a hate crime and the cricketer was only punched once.

Two men were granted name suppression when they appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Thursday and were remanded on bail without plea for two weeks.

The accused, aged 20 and 37, are both from Christchurch and are not allowed to consume alcohol or enter licenced premises between 7pm and 7am.

The lawyer for one of the men says witness accounts of the incident on 28 March previously published by the media have been widely inaccurate.

Jonathan Eaton told the court on Thursday the 28-year-old cricketer and former Black Cap was punched once and that most of his injuries were sustained as he fell to the ground.

Mr Eaton argued the men's right to a fair trial would be breached if their names were not suppressed because it could affect how witnesses recall the event.

Jesse Ryder has returned home to Wellington after spending nearly a week recovering in Christchurch Hospital from a collapsed lung and fractured skull.

He was assaulted outside a bar in the suburb of Merivale after a night out with his Firebirds team-mates.