Stuart MacGill
Stuart MacGill of Australia. (Photograph by Doug Benc/Getty Photographs)

Former Australia cricketer Stuart MacGill’s abduction case has taken one other twist after two brothers, allegedly concerned within the crime, have claimed that MacGill was concerned with them in a drug deal and got here with them by will and was by no means kidnapped.

The 2, recognized as Richard and Frederick Schaaf, claimed the identical within the District Court docket whereas pleading not responsible in opposition to abduction and different fees in opposition to their identify, and looking for the grant of bail after being arrested for his or her alleged involvement within the incident. MacGill was reportedly kidnapped in April final yr from close to his Sydney residence and was threatened at gunpoint by 4 males.

It was reported additional that MacGill, after being pressured right into a automotive, was pushed in direction of southwest Sydney in a vacant property earlier than being launched in Belmore. He later went hiding for just a few days earlier than reaching out to the native authorities, which subsequently led to the arrest of the lads.

Whereas MacGill claimed he did no unsuitable and was harmless, along with police’s findings that he was “purely” a sufferer, the brothers looking for bail have alleged that MacGill had accompanied them to the desolate property in south-west Sydney that day in reference to a drug deal.

The court docket heard and Decide Alister Abadee mentioned that the incident occurred owing to a drug deal gone unsuitable during which a vendor, recognized as “Sonny” had ripped off a felony syndicate. The prosecution argued that MacGill launched Sonny and Sotiropoulos, the brother of MacGill’s associate Maria O’Meagher, and when Sonny used counterfeit forex to obtain a big amount of cocaine, the group requested MacGill to pay as he had “vouched” for Sonny.

“The rivalry is the complainant [MacGill] was concerned in a drug transaction,” Decide Abadee mentioned. Greg Goold, the defence lawyer, claimed that MacGill agreed to get contained in the automotive with the brothers and “had the chance to depart”.

“The argument is he consented to go,” Mr Goold mentioned. “Secondly, once they arrive at Bringelly, he was left in a automotive by himself unrestrained and had the chance to depart. Thereafter there was no assault occasioned on him in any respect.”

Sotiropoulos, in the meantime, had earlier claimed that he solely acted as a “center man” to resolve the problem between all of the concerned events and he was not part of the alleged abduction. Sotiropoulos’ counsel Nicole Mourad had earlier advised Central Native Court docket that there was no hyperlink between “her shopper and the co-accused, the car pushed within the incident, or the acquisition of things from Bunnings that had been used within the alleged kidnapping.”

Mourad had additional mentioned that MacGill’s model of the story has “many holes. “The prosecution case depends closely on statements of the sufferer and we respectfully submit that this sufferer is just not a dependable witness. His reliability will certainly be a dwell difficulty at trial: there are various holes and gaps in what he mentioned compared to later variations and statements,” she mentioned.

At the moment, the declare made in opposition to Sotiropoulos was that he was not bodily concerned within the kidnapping, however he facilitated the crime by making preparations for MacGill’s abduction. Sotiropoulos was denied bail on the bottom of being “concerned on this matter from starting to finish” and that he “clearly had some data of some issues”. He’ll seem within the District Court docket subsequent month.

In the meantime, the court docket heard that Frederick and Richard Schaaf had acted as “employed muscle” through the incident. Nevertheless, the brothers’ lawyer Goold claimed that MacGill’s proof couldn’t be relied upon. Goold pleaded for bail for the brothers, providing stringent bail circumstances together with $100,000 in sureties and reporting to the police twice day by day.

Though, their bail software was opposed by police prosecutor Stella Calderbank on grounds that “proposed circumstances wouldn’t ameliorate the chance of additional offending”, as per a dailytelegraph report. Because it stands, Decide Abadee denied the brothers’ bail software.

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