Former Australian cricketer Michael Slater collapses in court after being denied bail

Slater, who represented Australia in 74 Test matches and 42 one-day internationals, enjoyed a successful cricketing career spanning from 1993 to 2004.

Michael Slater in a file photo. (Image credit: Twitter)
By Omar | Apr 16, 2024 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Former Australian cricketer Michael Slater experienced a dramatic moment in court as he collapsed after being denied bail on Tuesday. The 54-year-old, who is facing over a dozen charges including allegations of stalking and domestic violence, had to be assisted by court staff after falling to the floor when a Queensland magistrate rejected his bail application.

Slater, known for his illustrious cricketing career and later as a television commentator, is accused of various offences, including sending unwanted text messages and making intimidating phone calls over the past six months. The courtroom scene unfolded amidst reports of Slater’s mental health conditions, which were cited as factors contributing to his alleged behaviour.

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According to ABC News, the court heard that Slater’s mental health issues could lead to impulsive and reckless actions, shedding light on the complexities surrounding the case.

New allegations have emerged against former Australian cricket star Michael Slater, accusing him of bombarding a woman with hundreds of abusive texts containing derogatory language. According to court documents, Slater allegedly sent up to 300 messages to the woman, using offensive terms such as “c**t” and “s**t” during a distressing tirade related to domestic violence.

These fresh accusations have come to light after Slater’s recent appearance in court, where he faced a bail hearing at Maroochydore Magistrates Court. The 54-year-old, dressed in prison attire, reportedly showed visible distress upon learning that his bail application had been denied. Subsequently, Slater collapsed while being escorted back to the holding cells by Corrective Services staff.

The charges against Slater stem from multiple incidents of domestic violence alleged to have taken place between December of the previous year and last week. The former Test cricketer and commentator is facing serious legal consequences following his arrest over the weekend, marking a significant fall from grace for the once-celebrated sports figure.

Slater, who represented Australia in 74 Test matches and 42 one-day internationals, enjoyed a successful cricketing career spanning from 1993 to 2004. With over 5,000 runs and 14 centuries in Test cricket, he left an indelible mark on the sport before retiring from all forms of cricket.

Despite his sporting achievements, Slater now finds himself entangled in legal proceedings, awaiting his next court appearance scheduled for the end of May.

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