Cricket legend is kidnapped and held for ransom after being dragged from a home at gunpoint by an alleged crime gang
Cricket legend Stuart MacGill was allegedly assaulted and held for over an hour after he was kidnapped on Sydney’s lower north shore at gunpoint by an alleged crime gang.
Police allege the former Australian Test cricketer was confronted by a 46-year-old man near the intersection of Parraween and Winne Streets in Cremorne at about 8pm on Wednesday April 14.
Two other men then arrived at the scene and the 50-year-old leg-spinner was forced into a car.
He was driven to a home at Bringelly, in western Sydney, where the two men and another man allegedly assaulted MacGill and threatened him with a gun.
Cricket legend Stuart MacGill was allegedly assaulted and held for ransom in Sydney
Pictured: Stuart McGill and Julie Singleton arrive at the Sydney Children’s Hospital’s in 2016
MacGill, who played 44 Test matches for Australia and three One Day Internationals, was then driven to the Belmore area about an hour later where he was released by his alleged attackers.
NSW Police said the alleged abduction was reported to officers from North Shore Police Area Command on Wednesday April 20.
An investigation was launched by detectives from State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad.
Four men – aged 27, 29, 42 and 46 – were arrested by police at about 6am on Wednesday.
They have been taken to local police stations where they are expected to be charged.
Police executed search warrants at homes in Sutherland, Caringbah, Brighton Le-Sands, Banksia and Marrickville on Wednesday morning as investigations continue.
According to The Daily Telegraph, MacGill had been working at Aristotle’s Neutral Bay with his current partner before he was allegedly abducted.
MacGill was in the news back in 2019 after he was caught behind the wheel while almost three times over the legal limit.
He had an ‘unknown number of glasses of red wine’ when police pulled him over on Military Road, in Sydney’s north shore, late on November 21 2019.
In 2017, he agreed to an apprehended violence order (AVO) taken out by police on behalf of his ex-girlfriend Julie Singleton.
Police applied for the order after an incident between MacGill and Ms Singleton – the ex-wife of multi-millionaire John Singleton – in December 2016.
MacGill, who has two kids with ex-wife Rachel Friend, was served the AVO on Boxing Day that year and later agreed to it in court without admitting fault.
MacGill played 44 Test matches for Australia and three One Day Internationals