9 Feb 2015

Pair charged with Ryder assault named

12:03 pm on 9 February 2015

Two men charged with assaulting cricketer Jesse Ryder in Christchurch can now be named.

The former Black Caps now Otago batsman Jesse Ryder.

Jessie Ryder Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Craig O'Neill, 39, a builder, has pleaded guilty to assault with intent to injure. His 22-year-old nephew, carpet layer Dylan O'Neill, has pleaded guilty to one charge of assault.

The two men did not appear in court today when their interim name suppression was lifted.

Judge Stephen O'Driscoll said as a result of earlier appearences and advice from counsel the name supression on both men had now lapsed.

The attack took place outside a Merivale bar in March 2013 left the cricket star in an induced comma.

They will be sentenced in Christchurch District Court on 6 May.