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Ex-cricketer in court after alleged cocaine kidnapping

Ex-cricketer Stuart MacGill will know this year whether he is convicted on a cocaine supply charge.

Ex-cricketer Stuart MacGill will know this year whether he is convicted on a cocaine supply charge. Photo: AAP

Former Test cricketer Stuart MacGill has appeared in court for the first time after being charged with cocaine supply in the lead-up to his purported kidnapping.

MacGill was in Manly Local Court on Thursday after being charged by police in September.

His lawyer Michelle Karim sought a brief of orders and an eight-week adjournment on the matter, which was granted by Magistrate Ian Guy.

MacGill remains on bail and will next appear on December 21 at Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court.

Six men were previously charged over MacGill’s alleged kidnapping on Sydney’s lower north shore in April 2021.

Police launched an investigation into an alleged drug supply operation after the incident was reported to officers.

MacGill was later charged with one count of knowingly taking part in the supply of a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.

After the alleged kidnapping, the former spin bowler told police he was repeatedly punched in the head during the incident, causing him to become concussed.

He also said he was forced into a car at Cremorne on Sydney’s north shore and taken to Bringelly, south of Sydney.

Three assailants allegedly tried to extort money from him before dropping him at Belmore about an hour later.

At a previous hearing for two of the alleged kidnappers, a judge said there was “some question” of whether MacGill got into the car willingly.

MacGill has denied any involvement in the abduction, telling Nine’s A Current Affair in 2021 he had done nothing wrong.

– AAP

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