Michael Slater: Cricket star asks court to deal with DV charges on mental health grounds

Former cricket star and commentator Michael Slater will ask a court to deal with his domestic violence charges on these grounds.

Former Australian cricket great Michael Slater is set to ask a court to deal with domestic violence charges on mental health grounds.

Mr Slater was arrested at his home on Sydney’s northern beaches last month after police launched an investigation into an alleged domestic violence incident.

He was taken to Manly police station and charged with use of a carriage service to menace, harass or offend and stalking or intimidating with the intention of causing fear of physical harm.

According to court documents, Mr Slater is alleged to have used his mobile phone to menace, harass or offend his former partner between March and October this year.

The 51-year-old is further alleged to have stalked or intimidated the woman at Randwick in Sydney’s eastern suburbs between noon on October 12 and noon on October 13.

Mr Slater’s matter was on Thursday mentioned in Waverley Local Court, where his lawyer told the court that the former Test opening batsman was unable to appear because he was an inpatient at a hospital seeking treatment related to his alleged offending.

He has not entered a plea and his solicitor James McLoughlin told the court that Mr Slater had been assessed by a clinical psychiatrist.

Mr McLoughlin told magistrate Carolyn Huntsman that he would make an application for the charges to be dealt with under the Mental Health Act.

He applied for the matter to go to hearing the week before Christmas.

“Are you kidding me?” Ms Huntsman replied.

“Colloquially, the last week before Christmas we are inundated with bail reviews from people in custody.”

However, Mr McLoughlin argued that Mr Slater’s barrister was only available that week.

Ms Huntsman agreed to set the matter down for hearing on December 23 on the provision that all material is filed with the court 48 hours in advance.

Slater played 74 Tests and 42 One Day Internationals for Australia between 1993 and 2001 before moving into commentary.

He was recently axed from Channel 7’s cricket coverage following a string of tweets criticising Prime Minister Scott Morrison while staying in the Maldives when the Indian Premier League was suspended in May.

Channel 7 head of sport Lewis Martin said in a statement the network decided not to renew Slater’s contract for the 2021-22 summer.

Originally published as Mental health twist in Michael Slater DV case

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