Former Australia Test legend Stuart MacGill was kidnapped and held for ransom by an alleged criminal group in a shocking attack on Sydney’s north shore. He was released an hour later, Australian media reported. New South Wales state police described the victim of the April 14 alleged kidnapping only as a 50-year-old man at gunpoint from Cremorne.
According to the police, MacGill was allegedly confronted by a 46-year-old man about 8 pm on April 14. Two other men then allegedly forced MacGill into a vehicle before being driven to a property at Bringelly in Sydney’s southwest. It was there that police allege he was assaulted and threatened with a firearm before being driven to the Belmore area and released around an hour later.
Stuart MacGill Makes Shocking Revelations Regarding His Kidnapping
A month after his release and recovery, MacGill has made shocking revelations about his kidnapping story. He reported the incident six days after he was kidnapped. He further said that he was stripped and was tortured for long hours as reported by the Daily Telegraph. He said that tripped naked, punched around eight times in the face, and was threatened at gunpoint while he was kept aloof.
Further reports say that the man behind his kidnapping was none other than Marino Sotiropoulos, brother of his girlfriend Maria O’ Meagher. MacGill has introduced him to a drug dealer know by the name of Sonny, who was a regular customer at his restaurant.
Sotiropoulos allegedly sold 2 kg of cocaine to Sonny but disappeared after either not paying the money or using counterfeit currency. Sotiropoulos then reportedly confronted the former spinner at his house, but the latter refused to take any part in their dealings.
MacGill played 44 tests for Australia between 1998 and 2008 and probably would have earned many more caps had his career not coincided with that of fellow spin-bowler Shane Warne.