Blues winger Rene Ranger on trial for assault

Former All Black and Blues winger Rene Ranger is on trial in the Whangarei District Court allegedly punching a man unconscious and stomping on his head three years ago in 2009.

Twenty-five-year-old Ranger has been charged with injuring with intent after an incident outside the Mangawhai Tavern in August 2009.

Crown prosecutor Grant Anscon said that the victim Jason Dick had suffered injuries to his eyebrow, nose and his teeth.

“It wasn’t an accident. He meant to do what he did,” Anscon told Fairfax NZ News.

However Ranger’s defence lawyer Arthur Fairley was not guilty and did not punch or stomp on the man as alleged.

Fairley said that Dick ran over to Ranger as he waited outside the tavern and crashed into him.

The lawyer added that Ranger did not assault assault Dick but fended him off and pushed him to the ground.

Dick testified that he had been at a concert at the Mangawhai Tavern and he was play wrestling with a friend while they waited for a ride home.

The next thing he knew he was “spitting out teeth” and picking himself up off the ground, he said.

The trial before Judge Duncan Harvey is scheduled for four days.

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