Stuart MacGill’s partner’s brother has been arrested in the alleged kidnapping and assault of the cricketer last month in Sydney. The incident came to light roughly three weeks after the 50-year-old former Aussie cricketer was kidnapped, assaulted, and threatened at gunpoint.
Marino Sotiropoulos, 46, is accused of confronting the retired leg-spin bowler on the corner of Parraween and Winnie streets in Cremorne on April 14. For the past three years, Stuart MacGill has been managing a restaurant and bar called Aristotle’s at Neutral Bay on Sydney’s lower north shore.
Stuart Macgill Confronted By Marino Sotiropoulos, Brother Of Cricketer’s Partner
The Greek restaurant on Young Street is owned by his ex-partner, Maria O’Meagher. Her brother, Marino Sotiropoulos, has been charged with taking or detaining a company with the intent to get an advantage, occasion actual bodily harm, participate in a criminal group, and supply prohibited drugs (large commercial quantity). Three other men, aged 27, 29, and 42, also faced Sutherland Court today and were refused bail.
“Mr. MacGill was allegedly confronted by Marino Sotiropoulos – the brother of Mr. MacGill’s recent partner Maria O’Meagher – near the intersection of Parraween and Winnie streets in Cremorne, about 8 pm,” The Age reported.
Stuart MacGill, who played 44 Tests for Australia between 1998 and 2008 was working as a General Manager at Aristotle’s restaurant in Neutral Bay, which is owned by Maria O’Meagher, while Marino Sotiropoulos is listed as a former owner of the restaurant.
Stuart Macgill’s Assault And Threatening Saw 4 Men Arrested
The incident happened on April 14 and was only reported six days later on April 20.
“A short time later the pair were allegedly approached by two other men and Mr. MacGill, 50, was forced into a vehicle. He was then allegedly driven to a property at Bringelly, more than 60 kilometers away in the city’s southwest, where three men assaulted him and threatened him with a firearm. About an hour later, Mr. MacGill was driven to the Belmore area, about 40 kilometers away, and released,” the report further stated.
Four men have been arrested including Marino Sotiropoulos following extensive inquiries. Detective Acting Superintendent Anthony Holton, robbery and serious crime squad commander, said Stuart MacGill was being treated as “purely a victim of kidnapping” and he did not owe the alleged perpetrators any money. He is not involved in any other kind of back story that leads to him having personal debt according to Antholy Holton as per a report by The Age.