Michael Slater: Former Australian Test cricketer accused of stalking, assaulting woman

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Lawyers for disgraced former Test cricketer Michael Slater have withdrawn from his court case, just weeks after he was charged with a string of domestic violence-related offences.

Mr Slater’s case was briefly mentioned in the Maroochydore Local Court on Friday and then adjourned for a further four weeks.

The court was told that his legal team – who were unable to attend the hearing – sought permission to withdraw his plea, which was granted by Judge Matthew McLaughlin.

A city official representing Mr. Slater’s attorney said the material could be sent to his new attorney “in the future.”

Mr Slater has spent the last month in custody on a string of charges, including entering a dwelling at night with intent, strangulation, assault, stalking and breaching bail conditions.

This includes a flood of allegedly more than 300 abusive text messages – 203 of which are said to have been sent within 24 hours from March 11 to 12 this year.

The Maroochydore Local Court previously heard Mr Slater deny any allegations of violence against the plaintiff.

The former cricket legend broke down in court in April after learning that his bail application had been rejected.

At Friday’s mention, Judge McLaughlin expressed surprise that police had already prepared a summary of the evidence.

“He (Mr Slater) was charged on April 13,” he said.

“That has to be a record.”

The matter was adjourned for further hearing until 28 June.

Mr Slater remains in custody.

All of his charges relate to events that allegedly occurred between December 5, 2023, and April 12 of this year.

According to court documents, police alleged Mr Slater sent the woman hundreds of abusive text messages, calling her a “cunt,” “escort,” “liar” and “slut,” and threatening to take her own life.

On other days, statements were heard such as: “OK, I’m coming to you,” “You’re going to hurt me, aren’t you?” and “What have you done?”

It is further alleged that on March 17, Mr Slater accessed the woman’s security camera on the porch of her home and turned it around so that it was pointed at her home.

This is said to have happened while the woman was giving a statement to officers at Noosa Police Station, where she was alerted to the crime via an app on her phone.

The charge against Mr Slater for entering a habitation relates to allegations that he broke into the plaintiff’s home on April 12, smashed a window and repeatedly shouted “F**k you” and “Where is your daughter”.

The choking and assault charges are linked to allegations he previously struck the woman at his Noosa Heads home after she stopped by out of concern for his welfare.

Police allege Mr Slater then strangled her in the laundry as she tried to escape.

It is further alleged that he threatened her with death while holding an empty vodka bottle.

During his cricket career, Mr Slater scored 5,312 runs and played 74 Test matches and 42 One-Day Internationals for Australia between 1993 and 2001.

After retiring from cricket, Mr Slater moved to Channel 7 and Channel 9 as a commentator.

Originally published as Former Test cricketer Michael Slater charged with stalking and assaulting woman

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