New Zealand news March 28, 2013

Ryder has thumbs up for family as two are arrested

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Jesse Ryder offered a 'thumbs up' gesture and interacted with his family and manager on the day two men were arrested and charged with assault in connection with the attack that left the New Zealand cricketer in an induced coma in a Christchurch hospital.

The two men, aged 20 and 37, are set to appear in the Christchurch District Court on April 4.

Progress in the police investigation was accompanied by signs of improvement in Ryder's condition, which is now deemed stable rather than critical by medical staff. Heath Mills, the New Zealand players association chief executive, delivered a statement on behalf of the family.

"Jesse is in a stable condition in intensive care. He's been responsive and interacting with his family and the medical team," Mills said. "Jesse is still in an induced coma, and is still needing support with breathing due to an injury to his lungs. In terms of a head injury, it cannot be fully determined at this stage what the effects of a knock to Jesse's head are. We will know more once he comes out of the coma."

Ryder's manager, Aaron Klee, said the thumbs up had been delivered to a neurosurgeon at the hospital before his family interacted further. Ryder's level of sedation had been adjusted to allow him to interact with his family, Klee said, though he added that "it's awful, he's lying there with tubes everywhere".

"I was there this morning and they're working on the level of sedation of the coma to a level where they can talk to Jesse and make him aware of talking to him," Klee said. "We got a thumbs up from him this morning. Everyone was very pleased [to hear that].

"We then had some interaction with me and Jesse and Jesse's mum and Jesse's partner. We were able to talk to him and he looked at us."

Medical staff are now assessing when may be the right time to bring Ryder out of the coma. Klee expressed thanks for all the many messages of support that have come in from around the world, and said these messages had been relayed to Ryder in hospital.

Detective Senior Sergeant Bryan Archer of Christchurch police said they were now confident that only two men had been involved in the attacks.

"I've been able to review the CCTV footage and I think we can describe it as being an altercation outside Aikmans and a second incident in the carpark to McDonald's," he told reporters.

"A member of the public got involved to try and break up the fight and that's probably swelled the numbers from what people saw, but I believe the altercation involved two people initially and one person in the second incident."

A candlelight vigil for Ryder will be held outside Christchurch Hospital at 7pm local time. It will be led by the Canterbury Cricket chief executive Lee Germon and the city councillor Aaron Keown.

"I am really upset this has happened in our city and it is a really bad image for Christchurch," Keown said. "Good Friday is meant to be a day of peace and the whole country will be looking at Christchurch and saying, 'If a cricket player can't go out with his mates and not be assaulted then what is going on?'"

Ryder had been celebrating the end of the season with several Wellington team mates at Aikmans Bar in Merivale. Archer said he got into a brief altercation with a group of people as he left the bar. He crossed the road to join his team mates in McDonalds, but was assaulted before he got there.

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  • POSTED BY scorbos15 on | March 30, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Wish you a speedy recovery Jessy...trust in God, should see you in park soon..family will be the strength...

  • POSTED BY Crickyboy on | March 30, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Wish you a speedy recovery Ryder.. The attackers are an absolute disgrace to such a peaceful country..Always thought NZ to be one of the best places to live...

  • POSTED BY shiro1019 on | March 30, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Thank God, and our prayers are still with you Jessy. Me and millions of SRI-LANKANS eagerly waiting for quick recovery and to see you are in action soon.

  • POSTED BY Lithium11 on | March 30, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    Get well soon buddy, all the lads want you back on your feet and punishing bowlers worldwide. All the best from Welly

  • POSTED BY ajikar on | March 30, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Get well soon mate from Bangkok

  • POSTED BY balajik1968 on | March 30, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    When I first heard of this my first reaction was OMG, don't let something happen like it happened to Tom Maynard. Ryder seems to be getting better. Good luck mate, get back on the field ASAP.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | March 29, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    Poor guy, horrible thing to happen. Get better soon

  • POSTED BY Dadosuto on | March 29, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    All the best from Pakistan. I am so delighted to see that people of all race and religions are praying for his recovery. Shame we can't seem to unite in all other matters.

  • POSTED BY Madhumayipreet on | March 29, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    Our prayers and wishes are with you and your family. You will be back as soon as possible. Long live Jesse. Wished you will play in IPL with Delhi

  • POSTED BY parznb on | March 29, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Thank God you are save and inshallah you will come out absolutely fit. We are praying for your speedy recovery! We just love to watch your game!

  • POSTED BY scorbos15 on | March 30, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Wish you a speedy recovery Jessy...trust in God, should see you in park soon..family will be the strength...

  • POSTED BY Crickyboy on | March 30, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Wish you a speedy recovery Ryder.. The attackers are an absolute disgrace to such a peaceful country..Always thought NZ to be one of the best places to live...

  • POSTED BY shiro1019 on | March 30, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Thank God, and our prayers are still with you Jessy. Me and millions of SRI-LANKANS eagerly waiting for quick recovery and to see you are in action soon.

  • POSTED BY Lithium11 on | March 30, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    Get well soon buddy, all the lads want you back on your feet and punishing bowlers worldwide. All the best from Welly

  • POSTED BY ajikar on | March 30, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Get well soon mate from Bangkok

  • POSTED BY balajik1968 on | March 30, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    When I first heard of this my first reaction was OMG, don't let something happen like it happened to Tom Maynard. Ryder seems to be getting better. Good luck mate, get back on the field ASAP.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | March 29, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    Poor guy, horrible thing to happen. Get better soon

  • POSTED BY Dadosuto on | March 29, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    All the best from Pakistan. I am so delighted to see that people of all race and religions are praying for his recovery. Shame we can't seem to unite in all other matters.

  • POSTED BY Madhumayipreet on | March 29, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    Our prayers and wishes are with you and your family. You will be back as soon as possible. Long live Jesse. Wished you will play in IPL with Delhi

  • POSTED BY parznb on | March 29, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Thank God you are save and inshallah you will come out absolutely fit. We are praying for your speedy recovery! We just love to watch your game!

  • POSTED BY Dhanno on | March 29, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Hope the guy gets better..and the general attitude towards such incidents change in NZL. Apparently such problems have been briming for sometime now.

  • POSTED BY anees210 on | March 29, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Get Well Soon Mate....Millions are praying for you strong man:)

  • POSTED BY satishbabub23 on | March 29, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Log relieved after reading this, God bless you Jessie.

  • POSTED BY SibaMohanty on | March 29, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Get well soon, Jesse boy. God bless you.

  • POSTED BY rajrandom on | March 29, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    The fact that he was able to give a thumbs up is good news on many fronts. 1. Motor skills are not totally impacted 2. Memory recognition. His brain remembers he was in an incident.

    All good news, IMO. Best wishes for his full recovery.

  • POSTED BY Atifkhan3489 on | March 29, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    My prayers are with u jesse.get well soon and hoping u play very soon for ur country.a fan frm pakistan

  • POSTED BY Zak- on | March 29, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Hope you get well soon, Jesse. I truly hope you recover rapidly, and well enough to return to the NZ side.

  • POSTED BY Malret on | March 29, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    This is such a huge relief. God bless you mate.

  • POSTED BY darrius_roy2009 on | March 29, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Jesse you are a strong bloak, relieved to read that you are responding to treatment. My family is praying for you. Get well soon and come back to international cricket with full bang, like the Jesse we know.

  • POSTED BY anwarma on | March 29, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Hi Jesse, You have my full prayers from a fan in Canada. I am glad to hear you are good and wish you a speedy recovery.

  • POSTED BY vj3478 on | March 29, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Thanks to those who stopped the fight.

    Get well soon Jesse.

  • POSTED BY Unmesh_cric on | March 29, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    I got up in the morning and the first thing I read was this "thumbs up" news..felt good and relieved to read this. Get well soon, Jesse!

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | March 29, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Get well soon Jessy! You're a strong boy.

  • POSTED BY ospriet on | March 29, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Massive relief! Hope he recovers enough to play international cricket again

  • POSTED BY sitaram58 on | March 29, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Will someone with influence and stature in NZ cricket (Martin Crowe, Richard Hadlee, Stephen Fleming) take this young man under their wing and make sure he fulfills his potential. It would be wonderful for world cricket to see Jesse in full flow having a long and fruitful career

  • POSTED BY rapidstar on | March 29, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Glad to hear that Jesse is doing well. Wish him a speedy recovery.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | March 29, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Mighty relieved to learn that Jess has started to respond. In God we trust !! God bless Jessie for a speedy recovery !!

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | March 29, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Get well soon. Triple Gems Bless you.

  • POSTED BY sachin_and_others on | March 29, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Relieved a bit now. God bless u Jesse

  • POSTED BY abhishekycc on | March 29, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    get well soon...Wish you a speedy recovery.

  • POSTED BY whoster on | March 29, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Great news that Jesse is showing signs of recovery - let's hope he continues to make good progress. Let's also hope that the thugs who inflicted these dreadful injuries get what they deserve.

  • POSTED BY sportofpain on | March 29, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Get well soon Jesse. God bless you!

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | March 29, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Wish him a speedy recovery, would be great to see Ryder turn out for the blackcaps again.

  • POSTED BY Black-Zero on | March 29, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Wishing you a speedy recovery Jesse.A fan from Pakistan

  • POSTED BY 5mrinal5 on | March 29, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Get well soon. Best wishes for your speedy recovery. Happy to hear the improvement... You are a strong man.

  • POSTED BY PricelessPak on | March 29, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    i'm very relieved to hear it, every time i opened cricinfo my heart started beating fast and i was kind of afraid but confident from inside. very happy to hear it, our well wishes are with u and family

  • POSTED BY PakistanZindabaadAlways on | March 29, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Best of wishes to Jesse and his family, get well soon..

  • POSTED BY Kalyanrj on | March 29, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Get well soon jessie .we want to u to play cricket for many years........!!!

  • POSTED BY ac_Indian on | March 29, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Our wishes are with you Jesse. Get well soon.

  • POSTED BY Thefakebook on | March 29, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Good on you Jesse,get well soon mate.

  • POSTED BY Nivas_r on | March 29, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Get well soon..Wish you a speedy recovery.

  • POSTED BY ZMPK on | March 29, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Get well soon jesse.... y nobody is revealing that why jesse was assaulted??

  • POSTED BY Big_Maxy_Walker on | March 29, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    hope he makes a full recovery. ryder proved that in the modern game u don't have to be the fittest guy to succeed. if only the aussie selectors would realize that in the case of mark cosgrove

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | March 29, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Very glad to hear that his condition has improved. There was never any doubt that the man is fighter. Get well soon!

  • POSTED BY kkrish555 on | March 29, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    get well soon. wish you speedy recovery.

  • POSTED BY rijulshah on | March 29, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Thumbs up to ryder!!! He has always been a great fighter !!! Get well soon

  • POSTED BY sujay85 on | March 29, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    Get well sooooon man! You are a true champ.

  • POSTED BY Surajrises on | March 29, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    This looks like someone has grudge against Jesse. Really sad! Hope Jesse comes to full consciousness very soon.

  • POSTED BY DaDaL0G on | March 29, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Get Well Soon man whole world is waiting for you, I'm Praying for you and i hope ALLAH will Listen to it !

  • POSTED BY TamilIndian on | March 29, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Great to hear this. I was afraid to see Cricinfo today... usually i check it once every couple hours. This is good news. Keep it up Jesse.

  • POSTED BY aditya.continous on | March 29, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    well people not just down under, but all over the world are praying for ryder and i hope that he gets well soon..ryder has been a fighter all his life and he will leave no stone unturned to pull it thorugh..

  • POSTED BY rajthedoctor on | March 29, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    we are with you jessy. get well soon:)

  • POSTED BY MRM44 on | March 29, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    get well soon ryder....i have faith that u will play again......

  • POSTED BY Cric_god_Sachin on | March 29, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    Well that surely puts a black mark on security in NZ...Sad but true!!!

  • POSTED BY RG2008 on | March 29, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    What is wrong with these people? If it is a brutal unprovoked attack, as it seems, then I hope they all spend some serious time in jail. V sorry for Jessie, who has had some many other issues to deal with and now this! Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery and a return to the Black Caps - they need him.

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  • POSTED BY RG2008 on | March 29, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    What is wrong with these people? If it is a brutal unprovoked attack, as it seems, then I hope they all spend some serious time in jail. V sorry for Jessie, who has had some many other issues to deal with and now this! Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery and a return to the Black Caps - they need him.

  • POSTED BY Cric_god_Sachin on | March 29, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    Well that surely puts a black mark on security in NZ...Sad but true!!!

  • POSTED BY MRM44 on | March 29, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    get well soon ryder....i have faith that u will play again......

  • POSTED BY rajthedoctor on | March 29, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    we are with you jessy. get well soon:)

  • POSTED BY aditya.continous on | March 29, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    well people not just down under, but all over the world are praying for ryder and i hope that he gets well soon..ryder has been a fighter all his life and he will leave no stone unturned to pull it thorugh..

  • POSTED BY TamilIndian on | March 29, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Great to hear this. I was afraid to see Cricinfo today... usually i check it once every couple hours. This is good news. Keep it up Jesse.

  • POSTED BY DaDaL0G on | March 29, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Get Well Soon man whole world is waiting for you, I'm Praying for you and i hope ALLAH will Listen to it !

  • POSTED BY Surajrises on | March 29, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    This looks like someone has grudge against Jesse. Really sad! Hope Jesse comes to full consciousness very soon.

  • POSTED BY sujay85 on | March 29, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    Get well sooooon man! You are a true champ.

  • POSTED BY rijulshah on | March 29, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Thumbs up to ryder!!! He has always been a great fighter !!! Get well soon