Canterbury builder admits role in Jesse Ryder attack

A Canterbury based builder has admitted on Wednesday that he assaulted New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder outside a Christchurch bar almost two years ago. The attack resulted in Ryder being in intensive care for several days.

As reported by, the 39-year-old man’s surprise guilty plea to a charge of assault with intent to injure was entered in the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday. The assaulter was due to stand trial in March, but pleaded guilty at Christchurch District Court.

The man’s nephew had earlier admitted charge of assault which followed a heated argument with Ryder outside a bar on the night of March 28, 2013 and will be sentenced May 6. Both men are currently out on bail.

Ryder, who was fighting for life, due to a fractured skull and punctured lung, spent months of rehabilitation. He finally managed a recovery and on Boxing Day in 2013, he made a return to New Zealand’s side once again.