Former Australia cricketer Stuart MacGill's kidnapping saga is unfolding like a typical Bollywood crime movie in which the victim and the culprit know each other by being blood relatives or friends. MacGill's kidnapping case took the cricketing world by shock after the Australian police arrested four men in early morning raids on Wednesday.
MacGill, a 44 Test veteran, was allegedly kidnapped, assaulted and threatened with a firearm before being released last month in Sydney. Now as fresh details have emerged, the MacGill kidnapping case has taken a new Bollywoood movie-like turn with his girlfriend’s brother being taken into custody following the shocking attack in Sydney.
As per the reports by The Telegraph, MacGill was confronted by a 46-year-old man on the 14th of April around 8 pm. According to reports, the man has identified as Marino Sotiropoulos, brother of his girlfriend Maria O’ Meagher. Sotiropoulos is the owner of Aristotle’s restaurant in Neutral Bay where MacGill works as a General Manager.
Police said MacGill delayed reporting the incident to police until April 20 because of “significant fear.” MacGill did not sustain any serious injuries but due to the traumatic experience he filed a police complaint six days after the attack, Holton said.
“To be dragged into a car, driven to a remote location, physically assaulted, threatened with a firearm, held for a period of time then dumped, I think you’d be pretty worried about your own personal safety, the safety of your family and your friends,” Holton said.
MacGill, a former leg-spin bowler, took 208 wickets in 44 Test matches for Australia between 1998 and 2008. His international career was largely overshadowed by fellow Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne, who is second on the list of all-time leading wicket-takers in Test cricket.