Police release CCTV as ex-cricketer breaks silence

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NSW Police have released CCTV images of two Bunnings customers they wish to speak to in relation to the alleged kidnapping of ex-cricketer Stuart MacGill.

The appeal for information comes after Mr MacGill broke his silence for the first time since the alleged ordeal in an interview with the Channel 9 program A Current Affair.

“I was in a situation that’s foreign to me and I was physically and mentally intimidated,” Mr McGill told the program.

Police said the new CCTV images showed two men of Pacific Islander or Maori appearance, aged in their early twenties, walking outside a Bunnings store in northwestern Sydney.

“We believe that they have purchased some items involved in the incident involving Mr MacGill, and we are very interested in identifying and speaking with those two males,” Robbery and Serious Crime Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Andrew Koutsoufis told reporters on Tuesday.

Police allege Mr MacGill was confronted by two men in Cremorne on April 14 this year, forced into a vehicle, and driven to a property in Bringelly in Sydney’s west where he was allegedly assaulted and threatened.

The former national team bowling great was released an hour later, police have said.

Four people have already been charged over their alleged involvement in the incident.

On Tuesday, police also released an computer-generated impression of a man they said could help them in their investigation.

“He’s known as ‘Sonny’ and also known as ‘Zack’,” Mr Koutsoufis said.

“We’re very interested in identifying that person, we also believe that he is involved in the incident as well.”

It was earlier reported that MacGill, who played 44 Tests and took 208 wickets for the Australian Test team from 1998 to 2008, did not report the alleged kidnapping to NSW Police for nearly a week for fear of reprisal.

Mr McGill told A Current Affair he was an innocent victim caught up in a confusing situation.

“I know that I have done nothing wrong … If people choose to think something contrary to what’s been presented by both myself and the police, then that’s up to them,” Mr MacGill said.


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