The NSW Supreme Court, on Thursday, granted strict conditional bail to two brothers, who have been accused of kidnapping former Australia National Cricket Team leg-spinner Stuart MacGill, who played for the Australia National Cricket Team between 1998-2008.
Stuart MacGill had alleged that he was driven to a remote site in Bringelly, on the city’s outskirts, where he was assaulted, threatened at gunpoint and money was demanded from him over a drug deal gone wrong. Following, MacGill’s allegations a total of 6 men were arrested, including Richard, Frederick and MacGill’s de facto brother-in-law Marino Sotiropoulos.
Avni Djemal, who is the lawyer of Richard and Frederick who allegedly kidnapped Stuart Charles Glyndwr MacGill in April 2021 from outside his residence on Sydney’s lower north shore, had told the court that Stuart MacGill willingly went with a group of men to an abandoned house in southwestern Sydney. He also claimed that there was no physical evidence of MacGill being assaulted.
Meanwhile, Stuart MacGill also alleged that after a drug deal ended in a “rip off” a group of men forced him into a car outside his home and confronted him.
Justice Richard Button Grants Bail To Stuart MacGill’s Alleged Kidnappers
Brothers Richard and Frederick Schaaf have been held in custody since their arrest in May 2021 and they have pleaded not guilty to charges of take/detain in company with the intent to acquire an advantage.
Earlier, lawyer Avni Djemal while arguing for Richard and Frederick said that his clients should be released on bail ahead of a trial in Sydney on October 23, 2023. Now the brothers have been granted bail by Justice Richard Button.
“There may be some question as to whether the complainant got in the car willingly,” Justice Button said.
The court was told that Frederick Schaaf could not secure sufficient medical attention while in custody and he was bailed to live “under virtual house arrest” and to look after his sick mother, Justice Button said.
Meanwhile, the alleged kidnappers of ex-Australia leg-spinner Stuart MacGill must report to Marrickville Police Station daily, abide by a curfew, not communicate with any of the co-accused and not go within three kilometres of Cremorne Junction LPO, among other conditions.
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