4 Feb 2014

Accused wants Ryder charge dropped

3:39 pm on 4 February 2014

The man charged with assaulting international cricketer Jesse Ryder in Christchurch last year wants the case against him dropped.

The 38-year-old builder has name suppression and made the appeal in the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday.

He is charged with injuring with reckless intent after an altercation at a bar in the suburb of Merivale left Ryder in hospital in an induced coma.

The accused's lawyer Jonathan Eaton, QC, applied for a stay in proceedings because of the pre-trial publicity surrounding the alleged assault.

Judge Brian Callaghan reserved his decision.