No jail terms for two involved in Jesse Ryder brawl

Auckland: Two New Zealand men who were involved in a bar fight that left former Black Cap Jesse Ryder in an induced coma were handed non-custodial sentences on Wednesday, reports said.

Jesse Ryder. Pic/AFP
Jesse Ryder. Pic/AFP 

Ryder was injured after an altercation outside a Christchurch pub in March 2013, spending six days in hospital before eventually resuming his cricket career seven months later.

Craig O'Neill was fined NZ$3,000 ($2,250) and sentenced to 250 hours community work, while his nephew Dylan O'Neill was fined NZ$250, the New Zealand Herald reported.

It said Craig (39) pleaded guilty to assault with intent to injure, with Dylan (22) admitting a charge of common assault.

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. The batsman, now 30, said in a statement that he had "moved from the incident".

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