Former Australia cricketer Stuart Macgill was kidnapped and assaulted at gunpoint and released some three weeks ago and now the Australian police have arrested four men in relation to his abduction, including the brother of the cricketer’s partner.
The 50-year-old played 44 Tests and 3 ODIs for Australia from 1998-2008 and picked 208 Test and 6 ODI wickets. His career coincided with that of leg-spin legend Shane Warne and hence he only got opportunities when Warne was either injured or out of form.
Macgill also suffered from nerve issues in his bowling arm and fingers and had recurring injuries to his knee, which led to him ultimately calling time on his cricketing career in 2008. He did make a return to competitive cricket at the age of 40, playing for Sydney Sixers in the inaugural Big Bash League tournament.
Stuart Macgill Dragged Into A Car And Assaulted At Gun Point
The New South Wales police arrested four people in connection with the abduction and assault of Stuart Macgill which took place on 14 April. Police said MacGill knew one of the men and the plot had been financially motivated. He sustained minor injuries in the incident but didn’t require medical care, police said.
“Mr MacGill was allegedly confronted by Marino Sotiropoulos – the brother of Mr MacGill’s recent partner Maria O’Meagher – near the intersection of Parraween and Winnie streets in Cremorne, about 8pm.
A short time later the pair were allegedly approached by two other men and Mr MacGill, 50, was forced into a vehicle. He was then allegedly driven to a property at Bringelly, more than 60 kilometres away in the city’s south-west, where three men assaulted him and threatened him with a firearm. About an hour later, Mr MacGill was driven to the Belmore area, about 40 kilometers away, and released,” The Age reported.
Police said MacGill reported the crime to authorities one week after it occurred, and that he had been worried about his and his family’s safety.
Stuart Macgill now works as a general manager of at Aristotle’s restaurant in Neutral Bay, which is owned by his partner O’Meagher.