Fresh details have emerged from the kidnapping of former Australian Test cricketer Stuart MacGill, with his girlfriend’s brother arrested following the shocking attack on Sydney’s north shore.
The news was first reported by the Daily Telegraph, with police confirming in a statement that a 50-year old man was abducted at gunpoint from Cremorne.
According to police MacGill was allegedly confronted by a 46-year-old man about 8pm on April 14.
That person is alleged to be Marino Sotiropoulos – the brother of Mr MacGill’s recent partner Maria O’Meagher according to The Age, who is the owner of Aristotle’s restaurant in Neutral Bay, where the former leg-spin bowler works as general manager.
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Two other men then allegedly forced MacGill into a vehicle before being driven to a property at Bringelly in Sydney’s south west.
It was there that police allege he was assaulted and threatened with a firearm before being driven to the Belmore area and released around an hour later.
The other men were Son Minh Nguyen, 42, and brothers Frederick and Richard Schaaf, 27 and 29.
The men were taken to local police stations where they have been charged with unlawfully taking or detaining someone with intent to gain advantage, causing actual bodily harm.
Mr Sotiropoulos was charged with participating in a criminal group and supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.
The incident was reported to police six days later, with Mr MacGill reportedly experiencing trauma and fearing for his safety.
Detectives from the NSW Robbery and Serious Crime Squad are investigating with police raiding a number of homes in relation to the incident.
“Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives, with assistance from Raptor Squad and the Public Order and Riot Squad, arrested four men – aged 27, 29, 42 and 46 – from 6am today (Wednesday 5 May 2021),” police said in a statement.
“The men were taken to local police stations where charges are expected to be laid.
“Officers are currently in the process of executing search warrants at homes at Sutherland, Caringbah, Brighton Le-Sands, Banksia and Marrickville.”
The Australian is reporting Mr Sotiropoulos potentially saw MacGill as a means to an end to obtaining money to clear a debt.
Detective Acting Superintendent Anthony Holton said MacGill did not owe money to the charged group, including Mr Sotiropoulos.
“His kidnapping is not involved in any other backstory that leads to him having to a personal debt to other people that he had to pay back.”
MacGill played 44 Test matches for Australia and three One Day Internationals.
The leg spinner made his Test debut in 1998 and made a statement in 1999 when he out bowled Shane Warne on the tour of West Indies.
MacGill retired in 2008 before making a comeback to cricket at the age of 40 in the inaugural 2011 Big Bash League season, playing for the Sydney Sixers.
He was later signed by the Dhaka Gladiators to play in the Bangladesh Premier League.