It has been reported that the former Austraian spinner Stuart MacGill was kidnapped by four men in Syndey on 14 April. The incident happened when MacGill was working at a Greek restaurant owned by his girlfriend. Few men confronted him at the nearby street, with MacGill knowing one of the kidnappers. The kidnappers drove him to outsirts of the city, and even assaulted at gunpoint. The aHe was released an hour later with sustaining minor injuries which didn’t require extensive medical care. The 4 Kidnappers have now been arrested and appropriate charges will be levelled against them.
The spinner Stuart MacGill is said to have been reporting the incident 6 days later, on April 20.
“We believe the motive was purely financial, to obtain money from him,” Police said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon, reported Daily Mail.
“They are a criminal gang, it was a targetted kidnapping with the motivate to take money from him with no ransom.”
Detective Anthony Holton also spoke about the incident involving Stuart MacGill.
“To be standing on a street, to be dragged into a car, driven a remote location, physically assaulted, threatened with a firearm, held for a period of time and then dumped, I think you would be pretty worried,” said detective Anthony Holton.
He further added, “”MacGill said he was not involved in any back story that leads to him having a personal debt to other people,” and that he was solely being treated as a “victim of a targeted kidnapping”.
The former spinner played for Australia from 1998 to 2008. He featured in 44 Test Matches and took 208 Wickets at an average of 29, which included 12 five-wicket hauls. He was the second best spinner in Australia after the legendary Shane Warne. Post-retirement, he was chosen as the spin bowling coach by Bangladesh Cricket Board in 2017.
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