Former Australian cricketer Stuart MacGill kidnapped, threatened at gunpoint; police arrest 4 including ex-partner’s brother – Retired Australian cricketer Stuart MacGill was allegedly kidnapped and threatened at gunpoint on April 14 by a criminal gang. The spinner, who is now running a restaurant in Sydney, was forced into a car by four men on April 14 about 8 PM in Sydney’s Lower North Shore, Australia. He was then taken to a property near Belmore where he was threatened and badly beaten before being released. Police have arrested four suspects relating to the crime aged 27, 29, 42 and 46. One of the arrested suspects is MacGill’s ex-partner, Maria O’Meagher’s brother Marino Sotiropoulos.
The alleged incident took place on April 14 when the former spinner was confronted by a 46-year-old man near the intersection of Parraween and Winne streets in Cremorne. Shortly, two other men approached the two and forced Stuart MacGill into a car.
“Everyone experiences trauma differently — to be dragged into a car, driven to a remote location, physically assaulted, threatened with a firearm — I think you would be pretty worried about your own personal safety. He was seen as someone that they could get money from, although no money was paid prior to him being released,” Detective Acting Superintendent Anthony Holton said.
As per the police statement, Stuart MacGill was driven to a property in Bringelly where he was threatened with a firearm and badly beaten before being driven to the Belmore area and released an hour later. Stuart MacGill reported the incident six days later on April 20.
On Wednesday morning, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad raided homes in Sutherland, Caringbah, Brighton Le-Sands, Banksia and Marrickville, arresting four men for the crime. According to a police statement, one of the men was known to Stuart MacGill.
Detectives reached the spinner’s home on Wednesday around 10:30 AM and took him to a nearby police station to provide a further statement. A few minutes later after the police arrived at MacGill’s residence, a police car was seen leaving the car park with a man who is believed to be MacGill, lying on the backseat and covering his face.
The 50-year-old was the successor of Aussie legend Shane Warne, playing 44 Test and ODIs for Australia. The leg-spinner bagged 208 Test wickets in his career that spanned 19 years. He retired in 2012.