The talented and equally troubled 28-year-old New Zealand cricketer, Jesse Ryder, finds himself in yet another unfortunate situation, as he has been admitted to Christchurch Hospital after being attacked outside of Aikmans Bar in Merivale, Christchurch on the 27 March 2013. Ryder sustained a skull fracture and severe internal injuries after two successive attacks, which left him in a medical induced coma in which he spent two days.
According to a witness, the incident had occurred at around 12:30 in the morning when Ryder was enjoying a quiet few drinks with his Wellington team mates. She said that he was attacked by at least two men.
“There didn’t seem to be any argument or anything. They were just punching him, they had him on the ground and they were kicking him hard. It was unbelievably brutal. It was literally right outside the door of the bar.”
“When he was on the ground, I couldn’t actually see him but I could hear that they were kicking him as hard as they could. I know about impact, I’ve seen fights and been in charity boxing fights and this was sickening. I can’t understand what could have caused them to attack him in such a way,” she said.
Another witness said that the attackers had ripped Ryder’s shirt off while he was on the ground and proceeded to attack him outside the bar. He was then left in a bush covered in blood, shaking and vomiting close to the parking area of McDonald’s when two ambulances arrived after the attack.
“From what I could tell, it looked pretty unprovoked,” said the witness while he was drinking as the fight broke out behind him. He also said, “Four dudes were just laying into him and absolutely smashing him on the ground. His shirt was ripped off and they were kicking him and punching him while he was down.”
Ryder managed to stand up during the attack, but was quickly knocked back to the ground and four men ran off when sirens were heard.
The Aikman’s general manager, Steve Holmes, said : “It was just a nice average weeknight. We didn’t have security on because it was a quiet night of the week and we didn’t need it.
Holmes said the attackers tried to get back into the bar after the assault, but were blocked by bar staff. The bar has handed CCTV footage over to the police.
New Zealand squad member Grant Elliott said: “It’s not great, is it? But we don’t know how serious it is. We’re not too sure what’s happening – it’s all pretty confidential at the hospital. We’re all just hoping for the best.”