Ryder assault accused court date delayed

02:45, Mar 28 2014

A court session to settle jury trial arrangements for the man accused of bashing cricket international Jesse Ryder has been put off to April 24.

The 38-year-old builder had been remanded to a pre-trial session in the Christchurch District Court today, but the case was remanded beforehand by a registrar.

The man, who is charged with injuring Ryder with reckless disregard for his safety, is pleading not guilty and has elected to trial by jury. A trial date may be set at his next court appearance.

Judge Brian Callaghan has declined a defence application to have a stay of proceedings on the prosecution so the case was referred back to court for the trial arrangements to be made.

The charge arises from an incident outside a Merivale bar in April 2013. The man has name suppression and remains on bail.

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