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‘Horribly traumatic’: Former Test cricketer Stuart MacGill allegedly kidnapped and assaulted in Sydney

Former Australian cricket star Stuart MacGill was so frightened after allegedly being kidnapped, assaulted, and threatened with a gun that he waited almost a week to report it, NSW Police say. “It would be a traumatic experience to endure,” Detective Acting Superintendent Anthony Holton said on Wednesday.

Police allege a 50-year-old man, named by multiple media outlets as former Test cricketer MacGill, was forced into a car at Cremorne on Sydney’s north shore at about 8 pm on 14 April before being taken to a remote location. Three assailants held him there for an hour before dumping him in Belmore, about 45 minutes’ drive away in Sydney’s west.

The leg-spinning bowler, who took 208 wickets for Australia in 44 Test matches between 1998 and 2008, was allegedly forced into the car after being confronted on the street by a 46-year-old man he knew. Four men accused of being involved in the kidnapping, aged 46, 42, 29, and 27, were arrested in dawn raids on Wednesday and have since been charged with various offenses. Police searched homes at Sutherland, Caringbah, Brighton Le-Sands, Banksia, and Marrickville on Wednesday.

They did not apply for bail at their first appearance in Sutherland Local Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Stuart MacGill

The 27-year-old and 29-year-old have been charged with participating in a criminal group and taking or detaining in company intending to gain an advantage.

The 46-year-old has been charged with taking or detaining in company with intent to get an advantage, participating in a criminal group, and supplying a large quantity of a prohibited drug. In contrast, the 42-year-old has been charged with knowingly directing the activities of a criminal group and taking or detaining in company with intent to get an advantage.

MacGill’s “significant fear” led to his delay in reporting, Det Supt Holton told reporters.

“Everyone experiences trauma differently,” he said.

“To be dragged into a car, driven to a remote location, physically assaulted, threatened with a firearm, held for some time, then dumped, I think you’d be pretty worried about your safety, the safety of your family and your friends,” he said.

It’s alleged the men’s motive was purely financial – to obtain “as much money as they possibly could” – but they didn’t issue a ransom demand and didn’t end up with any money.

MacGill sustained minor injuries but did not require medical treatment.

Det Supt Holton said there were no suggestions drugs were involved.

“I can say that his kidnapping is not involved in any other backstory that leads to him having any personal debt to people that he had to pay back,” he said when asked if MacGill owed money. Allegedly involved in the kidnapping were arrested in dawn raids on Wednesday.” src=”https://sl.sbs.com.au/public/image/file/e669565c-8a41-4b9a-b67f-21323804045d” alt=” Four men reportedly involved in the abduction were arrested in dawn raids on Wednesday.” width=”700″ height=”394″ />

Four men allegedly involved in the kidnapping were arrested in dawn raids on Wednesday.

NSW Police via AAP

Police raided homes at Sutherland, Caringbah, Brighton Le-Sands, Banksia, and Marrickville, where they seized electronic devices, clothing, and vehicles.

They also searched a property in Bringelly.

Only 16 Australians have claimed more Test wickets than MacGill, although his career was hindered by the presence of fellow legspinner and the nation’s record wicket-taker Shane Warne.

After Warne’s retirement in 2007, MacGill’s career failed to fully flourish because of carpal tunnel syndrome in his right wrist and hand – his bowling arm.

Frustrated at not performing at his best on return from surgery, MacGill abruptly announced his retirement midway through a 2008 Test match in the West Indies.

With additional reporting by SBS News.

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