Stuart MacGill’s account has been attacked as the previous Check cricketer’s de facto brother-in-law and alleged kidnapper made a bid to be launched on bail.
4 males are dealing with expenses after the 50-year-old retired spin bowler was allegedly compelled right into a automobile, taken to a distant location, crushed after which dumped in Sydney’s west in April.
However MacGill’s account appeared to incorporate exaggerations and inconsistencies, together with about the usage of a gun and the extent of the facial accidents he suffered, a lawyer for Marino Sotiropoulos mentioned on Wednesday.
“When [his partner] noticed him after his launch, she didn’t see any such accidents to his face,” Ian Lloyd QC informed the New South Wales supreme courtroom bail listening to.
Sotiropoulos, the 47-year-old brother of MacGill’s companion, has been in custody since early Could. He’s charged with detaining in firm, collaborating in a legal group and supplying prohibited medication. He denies being concerned within the abduction.
The incident allegedly arose after an affiliate of MacGill named “Sonny” used pretend banknotes in a $660,000 transaction for 2 kilograms of cocaine, the courtroom was informed.
Lloyd pointed to textual content messages within the crown case between the previous sportsman and a buddy that have been “in step with my consumer having not been concerned within the kidnapping in any form or type”.
MacGill texted a buddy referred to as “Jags” to “please” meet with Sotiropoulos.
“He’ll fill you in. I’m in actual deep shit. I can’t depart the telephone until they discover me,” MacGill mentioned.
Additional messages advised Sotiropoulos was “making an attempt to help as a center man making an attempt to kind out a dispute”, Lloyd informed the courtroom.
However the crown mentioned MacGill’s messages left a special impression – that he was terrified of his companion’s brother and was making an attempt to get another person to satisfy with him.
It appeared Sotiropoulos had a trusted relationship and important involvement with the drug hierarchy and had been provided $3,000 for every kilogram brick he may assist recuperate, the prosecutor, Anthony Brookman, mentioned.
Whereas the Brighton-Le-Sands man appeared to take no half within the precise kidnapping, he had induced a gathering with MacGill after which launched him to the alleged kidnappers.
“That’s a joint legal enterprise,” the prosecutor mentioned, dismissing ideas the kidnapping case towards Sotiropoulos was weak.
Sotiropoulos posed an unacceptable danger of fleeing, interfering with witnesses or committing critical offences if launched on bail, Brookman mentioned.
Lloyd disputed that evaluation, submitting the probably 18-month look ahead to a trial may exceed the non-parole interval Sotiropoulos would obtain if convicted for his “minor” position within the drug provide.
Lockdowns in jail amid a Covid-19 outbreak additionally made getting ready for a month-long trial onerous, he mentioned.
Justice Richard Cavanagh agreed with the crown on the dangers of launch however mentioned they could possibly be mitigated with strict circumstances.
That included home arrest aside from a number of circumstances when he should be with one in every of his mother and father, and a ban on crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge or contacting MacGill.
The alleged orchestrator of the kidnapping – 42-year-old Son Minh Nguyen – was granted bail in August after a choose accepted the crown case towards him was not notably robust.
Nguyen has denied prior data of the kidnapping, pointing to proof suggesting he informed MacGill to search out “$90,000 by lunchtime tomorrow” just for the kidnapping to happen that night time.