Michael Slater was charged with stalking or intimidation, violating a restraining order, and threatening, harassing, or offending someone via a carriage service (such as a phone, email, or social media).
Domestic stalking and intimidation charges against former Australia Test cricketer Michael Slater were dropped due to mental health laws. According to court documents filed Thursday, a Sydney magistrate dismissed the charges against the 52-year-old on Wednesday, instead of placing Slater under the care of a doctor for mental health therapy.
Slater was charged with stalking or intimidation, breaching a restraining order, and using a carriage service — such as a phone, email, or social media — to threaten, harass, or offend. He played Test cricket for Australia from 1993 to 2001, scoring 5,312 runs.
Police said they were summoned to an apartment in Sydney’s Manly district following a claim of domestic violence on the eve of Slater’s Wednesday hearing at Waverley Local Court.
A 52-year-old man had allegedly assaulted a 35-year-old lady when police arrived Tuesday evening, according to a New South Wales police spokeswoman.
The man, who has been widely identified as Slater but has yet to be officially identified by police, was transported to the Northern Beaches Hospital for mental health assessment, according to a police spokesman.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Slater’s hospitalization was noticed by the police prosecutor during the court hearing.
According to the newspaper, Magistrate Ross Hudson stated that Slater’s mental Slater has played 74 Tests for Australia, scoring 14 hundred and a high of 219 against Sri Lanka in Perth in 1995 and his health appeared to be “unraveling.”