Alleged kidnappers wanted Stuart MacGill to pay $150,000 after drug dealer vanished, court told19th May 2021
In the days following Stuart MacGill’s alleged kidnapping, his captors were still pressuring the former Test cricketer to hand over $150,000 in an ill-fated effort to recover money for a drug deal that had soured, a court has heard.
The kidnapping incident allegedly stemmed from an introduction by Mr MacGill in early April between Marino Sotiropoulos, the brother of Mr MacGill’s partner Maria O’Meagher, and an associate of the former cricketer, known as “Sonny”.
Police allege Mr Sotiropoulos was seeking to supply Sonny, a reputed dealer, with cocaine and there was subsequently a dispute over two kilograms of the drug in a deal worth up to $660,000. Sonny disappeared and Mr Sotiropoulos, allegedly representing the drug supplier, was allegedly pressuring Mr MacGill to secure payment.
It is alleged Mr Sotiropoulos was demanding Mr MacGill help with compensation because he made the introduction to Sonny. Police do not allege Mr MacGill was aware of the drug deal, that he was “purely a victim” and he is not facing any charges.
But in court on Wednesday, Greg Goold, the solicitor acting for Son Minh Nguyen, one of those charged in relation to the kidnapping, questioned Mr MacGill’s reliability as a witness, pointing to inconsistencies in evidence and a message allegedly sent to the undercover operative by Mr Sotiropoulos.
In the message, Mr Sotiropoulos allegedly said Mr MacGill stood to benefit from the drug deal because he made the introduction.
Mr Goold said there were inconsistencies between Mr MacGill’s account of his injuries and Ms O’Meagher’s account, telling the court there were questions about “whether Mr MacGill is a reliable witness”.
Mr MacGill was allegedly confronted outside his Cremorne apartment on April 14, forced into a vehicle and taken 60 kilometres to Bringelly in south-west Sydney. There, he was allegedly threatened with a gun and assaulted and it is believed his captors demanded he hand over money.