Country singer assault case remanded

A seven-week remand has been granted for police to reconsider an assault charge against well-known country singer John Denver Grenell, after being told he is ill.

The 67-year-old was excused an appearance in Christchurch District Court today because of ill health and it is understood he may soon move into a rest home in Darfield.

He had a supporter to help him when he made an earlier court appearance on this charge, because of his limited vision.

Grenell denies the assault charge which involves punching a woman, who had been helping to care for him, after an argument at his property at Whitecliffs, in rural Canterbury.

Grenell is a well-known country singer who made a name for himself as John Hore. He was known for singing the Welcome to our World theme for Toyota ads.

The case was remanded to July 4.

The Press