Cricket legend Stuart MacGill was kidnapped in Cremorne and held for ransom by an alleged crime gang #englishheadline
Cricket legend Stuart MacGill been taken away by detectives for questioning after he was allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint from Sydney’s lower north shore.
But police said the former Australian Test cricketer was ‘purely a victim of crime’ when he was confronted by three men at Cremorne, about 8pm on April 14, forced into a car and driven to the city’s outskirts where he was allegedly assaulted and threatened with a gun.
MacGill reported the attack to police six days later.
The 50-year-old leg-spinner had been working at a nearby Greek restaurant owned by his girlfriend, when a 46-year-old man and two other males confronted him near the intersection of Parraween and Winne Streets.
Police Robbery and Serious Crime Squad commander Anthony Holton said the motive behind MacGill’s abduction was unknown, but he said it was not related to the cricketer owing a debt.
‘No ransom was made and no money was obtained,’ Supt Holton said.
Cricket legend Stuart MacGill has been taken away by plain clothed detectives for questioning after he was allegedly assaulted and kidnapped. He was seen lying down in the back of this SUV
Pictured: Stuart MacGill and ex-girlfriend Julie Singleton arrive at the Sydney Children’s Hospital’s in 2016
Man arrested by police in relation to the alleged kidnapping of former Australian spin bowler Stuart MacGill
Stuart MacGill was allegedly kidnapped in Cremorne, driven to Bringelly and then released in Belmore
‘I can say his kidnapping is not involved in any other backstory that leads to him having a personal debt to other people that he had to pay back,’ Supt Holton said.
‘He’s purely being treated as a victim of this kidnapping’.
After the ordeal at the Bringelly address, MacGill, who played 44 Test matches for Australia and three One Day Internationals, was then driven to the Belmore area, in the city’s south-west, where he was released and dumped by his alleged attackers.
Police on Wednesday morning revealed four men had been arrested in connection to the alleged kidnapping, as they carried out raids at several properties across Sydney.
Shortly before 11am on Wednesday, MacGill was led out of his luxury apartment by plain clothed detectives and taken to a waiting police car.
MacGill, who was wearing jeans and a hoodie, crouched in the back of the unmarked SUV as it drove off towards a nearby police station.
‘We believe the motive was purely financial, to obtain money from him,’ police said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
‘They are a criminal gang, it was a targetted kidnapping with the motivate to take money from him with no ransom.’
Shortly before 11am on Wednesday morning, MacGill was led out of his luxury apartment (pictured) by plain clothed detectives and taken to a waiting police car
Four men have been arrested after Stuart MacGill was allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint
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 on Wednesday April 14
Two other men then allegedly arrived at the scene and the 50-year-old leg-spinner was forced into a car where he was driven to a home in western Sydney and threatened at gun point
It is understood the former Test cricketer is continuing to speak to police about his ordeal that took place across Sydney.
NSW Police said the alleged abduction was reported to officers from North Shore Police Area Command on Wednesday April 20.
An investigation was subsequently 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 are executing search warrants at homes in Sutherland, Caringbah, Brighton Le-Sands, Banksia and Marrickville on Wednesday morning as investigations continue.
A detective is seen on Wednesday after it was revealed MacGill was allegedly kidnapped
Cricket legend Stuart MacGill (pictured in 2006) was allegedly assaulted and held for ransom in Sydney
Stuart MacGill is seen with ex-wife Rachel Friend back in 2005. The couple had two children together
Stuart MacGill appeals unsuccessfully for a wicket at Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2001
MacGill had been working at Aristotle’s Neutral Bay with his current partner before he was allegedly abducted.
He has been general manager of the modern Greek restaurant for more than three years.
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.
STUART MACGILL: A TIMELINE
1998: MacGill makes Test debut for Australia in Adelaide
2000: MacGill marries former Neighbours actress Rachel Friend
2008: MacGill retires from Test cricket
2013: MacGill separates from his wife, who he has two children with
2016: Police apply for an AVO against MacGill on behalf of his ex-girlfriend Julie Singleton
2019: MacGill is caught driving three times over the legal limit
2021: MacGill is allegedly kidnapped and assaulted
MacGill had been working at Aristotle’s Neutral Bay with his current partner before he was allegedly abducted. He is pictured at the restaurant with former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (second from the left)
MacGill played 44 Test matches for Australia and three One Day Internationals. He is pictured in 2005
He was served the AVO on Boxing Day that year and later agreed to it in court without admitting fault.
MacGill has two kids with ex-wife Rachel Friend. He married the former Neighbours actress in 2000 before separating in 2013.
MacGill, who is originally from Perth, made his Test debut in Adelaide against South Africa in 1998.
He has been acknowledged as having the best strike-rate of any modern spin bowler but was unlucky to find himself in the mix at the same time as cricket legend Shane Warne.
He struggled to hold his place in the squad as there was hesitation to have two wrist-spinners at once.
MacGill retired from Test cricket in 2008.
MacGill has been general manager of Aristotle’s, a modern Greek restaurant in Neutral Bay, for more than three years
MacGill (pictured in 2007), who is originally from Perth, made his Test debut in Adelaide against South Africa in 1998