Two Accused Avoid Jail Time Over Jesse Ryder Assault
Two men, who were involved in a bar fight with New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder in March 2013 that left him in an induced coma, were handed non-custodial sentences on May 6.
New Zealand Herald reported that Craig O’Neill was fined NZ$3,000 ($2,250) and sentenced to 250 hours of community work, while his nephew Dylan O’Neill was fined NZ$250. It said that Craig O’Neill, 39, pleaded guilty to assault with intent to injure, with Dylan O’Neill, 22, admitting a charge of common physical attack.
Ryder spent six days in hospital before eventually resuming playing cricket seven months later.
Fairfax New Zealand reported that the fight occurred after Ryder accepted several rounds of drinks from bar patrons and was taunted for not buying any in return.
Ryder’s international career now appears to be losing track after the batsman’s continuous struggle with form, fitness and off-field issues. He was also not a part of the New Zealand’s 2015 World Cup squad that lost to Australia in the finals at MCG.
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