Cricketer Stuart MacGill pleads NOT GUILTY to intimidating and verbally abusing a female bar owner in latest drama
- Ex Test cricketer Stuart MacGill pleads not guilty to charges from Feb 1 incident
- Police allege he abused the licensee of The Argyle restaurant and bar
- Mr MacGill did not appear in court after he had tested positive for Covid-19
Former Australian Test star Stuart MacGill has entered a not guilty plea to charges of stalking and intimidating a Sydney bar owner but did not appear in court after testing positive for Covid-19.
The leg-spin bowler, 51, did not appear at Downing Centre in Sydney on Wednesday due to the need to quarantine after contracting the virus.
The charges of intimidation and using offensive language in a public place relate to an incident on February 1, when police allege Mr MacGill and another man verbally abused Samantha Ford on Kent Street at Millers Point
Ms Ford is the licensee of The Argyle restaurant and bar in The Rocks.
Former cricketer Stuart MacGill has pleaded not guilty to charges of of intimidation and using offensive language in a public place relate to an incident in Kent St, Sydney, on February 1. He is pictured working as a sommelier at the recently opened Greek eatery Ploos at Campbells Cove in the Rocks
Mr MacGill had handed himself into Day Street Police Station last Friday when the charges were laid.
Police asked the court to make an AVO against Mr MacGill to protect Ms Ford.
After his please of not guilty were entered, Magistrate Susan Horan ordered Mr MacGill to have his bail continued.
Another man, Stephen Kerlin, 54, was charged with common assault, intimidation and breaching an AVO in relation to the incident with Ms Ford.
Daily Mail Australia recently revealed Mr MacGill has been working as a sommelier at the recently opened Greek eatery Ploos at Campbells Cove in the Rocks.
The charges are the latest instalment in a series of dramas to befall Mr MacGill in the past year.
The charges are the latest instalment in a series of dramas to befall Mr MacGill in the past year
Mr MacGill had handed himself into Day Street Police Station last Friday when the charges were laid
The former Test player, who took 208 wickets for Australia over 44 matches between 1998 and 2008, alleged he was kidnapped off a street near his home in Cremorne on April 14 last year in the wake of a cocaine deal gone wrong.
He was driven to a remote house in Bringelly in Sydney’s south-west where he was allegedly beaten before being released at Belmore.
MacGill told police he had been stripped naked by his captors who threatened to cut off his fingers if he didn’t hand over $150,000.
Detectives have insisted MacGill was unwittingly embroiled in the aftermath of a cocaine rip-off and was the victim of crime.
Stuart MacGill and partner Maria O’Meagher pictured at the Greek restaurant they ran together, Aristotles, in Neutral Bay, Sydney. The restaurant closed in June 2021.
In June last year Mr MacGill and partner Maria O’Meagher announced they were closing the Aristotles restaurant they had run together in Sydney’s Neutral Bay after the landlord asked for a rent increase.
‘Unfortunately we have had no success with these negotiations as they have decided that Covid is over and wanted to increase the rent, so our only action being to close the doors last Monday evening,’ Ms O’Meagher posted on Facebook at the time.
‘Additionally, as you would be aware, we and our families have also been under a great deal of personal stress with what has happened to Stuart.’