The cricket legend is kidnapped and held as a ransom after being dragged out of a house at gunpoint by a suspected gang of criminals
- Stuart MacGill was allegedly attacked and kidnapped on Wednesday April 14th
- Police claim the former test cricketer was confronted in Cremorne, Sydney
- He was reportedly forced into a car and held at gunpoint in the western suburbs
- MacGill played 44 test games for Australia and three One Day Internationals
Cricket legend Stuart MacGill was allegedly attacked by an alleged gang of criminals and held for over an hour after being kidnapped at gunpoint on Sydney’s lower north coast.
Police claim the former Australian test cricketer was confronted by a 46-year-old man near the intersection of Parraween and Winne Streets at around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14 in Cremorne.
Two more men then arrived at the scene and the 50-year-old leg spinner was forced into a car.
He was driven to a house in Bringelly, west Sydney, where the two men and another unknown man allegedly attacked MacGill and threatened him with a gun.
MacGill, who played 44 test games for Australia and three One Day Internationals, was driven to the Belmore area, southwest of town, about an hour later, where he was released by his alleged attackers.
Cricket legend Stuart MacGill (pictured 2006) was allegedly attacked in Sydney and held as a ransom
Pictured: Stuart McGill and ex-girlfriend Julie Singleton arrive at Sydney Children’s Hospital in 2016
Stuart MacGill was allegedly kidnapped in Cremorne, driven to Bringelly and then released in Belmore
Bringelly is about an hour from Cremorne and Belmore is a 40-minute drive from Bringelly.
NSW police said the suspected kidnapping was reported to North Shore Police Area Command officers on Wednesday April 20.
An investigation was then opened by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad.
Four men, aged 27, 29, 42 and 46, were arrested by police around 6 a.m. on Wednesday.
They have been taken to local police stations where they are expected to be charged.
Police are executing search warrants in homes in Sutherland, Caringbah, Brighton Le-Sands, Banksia and Marrickville on Wednesday morning while the investigation continues.
According to The Daily Telegraph, MacGill had been working with his current partner in Aristotle’s Neutral Bay before he was allegedly kidnapped.
He has been the general manager of the modern Greek restaurant for more than three years.
Stuart MacGill stars with ex-wife Rachel Friend in 2005. The couple had two children together
Stuart MacGill unsuccessfully appeals for a wicket at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2001
MacGill was in the news back in 2019 after sitting behind the wheel nearly three times over the legal limit.
He had an “unknown number of glasses of red wine” when police pulled him past Sydney’s north coast on Military Road on late November 21, 2019.
In 2017, he agreed to an arrest of violence (AVO) order issued by the police on behalf of his ex-girlfriend Julie Singleton.
Police moved the order after an incident between MacGill and Ms. Singleton – the ex-wife of multimillionaire John Singleton – in December 2016.
MacGill, who has two children with ex-wife Rachel Friend, was served the AVO on Boxing Day earlier this year and later agreed to it in court without admitting fault.
MacGill played 44 test games for Australia and three One Day Internationals. He is pictured in 2005
MacGill, originally from Perth, made his test debut in Adelaide against South Africa in 1998.
It was recognized that he has the best batting average of any modern spin bowler, but he was unlucky enough to find himself in the mix at the same time as cricket legend Shane Warne.
He tried to keep his place on the roster as there was hesitation about having two wrist spinners at the same time.
MacGill retired from Test Cricket in 2008.