Ex-Aussie cricketer allegedly targeted for kidnapping


Former Australia Test cricketer Stuart MacGill was allegedly kidnapped, assaulted and threatened with a gun before being released last month in Sydney.

New South Wales state police on Wednesday arrested and charged four men in relation to the incident.

The men — aged 27, 29, 42 and 46 — including one who is allegedly known to MacGill, were charged with offences including taking and detaining a person in company to get advantage.

The four men did not apply for bail while appearing in a local court later on Wednesday and remain in custody.

Police allege the 50-year-old MacGill was confronted by a man at Cremorne in Sydney’s north on April 14 before two other men arrived and helped force him into a car and take him the city’s southwest, where he was allegedly assaulted. He was held for about an hour before being driven to another location and released.

Police said MacGill delayed reporting the incident to police until April 20 because of significant fear.

Detective Acting Superintendent Anthony Holton said it would have been a horribly traumatic experience to endure.—AP


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