Wellington, Apr. 4 (ANI): The attack on Jesse Ryder was not a 'Jesse hate crime', the lawyer for a man charged with assaulting and injuring the New Zealand cricketer has said.
Jonathan Eaton made his comment in the Christchurch District Court as the uncle and nephew charged over the incident in Merivale early last Thursday made their first court appearance.
According to stuff.co.nz, the uncle, a 37-year-old builder, is facing a charge of injuring the cricketer with reckless disregard for Ryder's safety, and a joint charge of assaulting him.
His nephew, 20, a carpet layer, has been charged with assaulting Ryder, as well as the joint charge of assault.
Ryder, who received head injuries in the alleged assault, was admitted to hospital in a critical condition and placed in an induced coma.
Eaton said the charge of injuring with reckless disregard meant the police were alleging there had been no 'intentional infliction of injury,' the report said.
It was clear from the police investigation that there had been a dispute between the men which had escalated, rather than an unexpected attack. He denied that the incident had been a 'Jesse hate crime', the report added.
According to the report, Ryder has now been released from hospital and has returned home to Wellington.
It has been alleged that he was injured after he was punched once and had fallen to the ground after a fight. (ANI)