Two men charged with assaulting cricketer Jesse Ryder in Christchurch can now be named.
Craig O’Neill, 39, a builder, has pleaded guilty to assault with intent to injure. His 22-year-old nephew, carpet layer Dylan O’Neill, has pleaded guilty to one charge of assault.
The two men did not appear in court today when their interim name suppression was lifted.
I named both of these idiots before the suppression order came in, and then of course I had to delete and amend my articles.
But I think it is a reasonable question to ask. ¬†What on earth did suppressing the names of these two men achieve? ¬†Everyone knew who they were to start with. ¬†It had been published widely before the suppression order came in.
There was no victim to protect. ¬†We knew who he was as well.
Courts still hand out suppression orders without reasonable cause just because counsel asks for it. ¬†And of course, they always ask for it.