Australian cricketing legend Michael Slater has returned to a Sydney hospital as home violence expenses in opposition to him have been dismissed on psychological well being grounds.
Slater was because of seem earlier than Waverley Native Court docket on Wednesday after the 52-year-old appealed for the fees to be handled underneath the Psychological Well being Act.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Lachlan Kirby informed the court docket Mr Slater had been detained by police and paramedics on Tuesday night time and brought to a psychological well being facility on the northern seashores.
His barrister Richard Pontello appeared by way of videolink and consented to Justice of the Peace Ross Hudson handing down his resolution in Mr Slater’s absence.
The previous Check batsman was first charged in October final 12 months after he allegedly used a carriage service to menace, harass or offend, in addition to stalk or intimidate, his former accomplice.
Mr Slater was charged with utilizing a cell phone to harass his ex-partner between March and October final 12 months, in addition to stalking and intimidating the girl in Randwick between October 12 and 13.
In December, he was rearrested at Manly and charged with contravening the AVO, in addition to one other cost of utilizing a carriage service to menace, harass or intimidate his former accomplice.
The previous opening batsman despatched 66 textual content messages and made 18 telephone calls to his ex-partner over about two-and-a-half hours on the night time of December 14, the court docket heard.
The court docket heard that his ex-partner had blocked his quantity however he despatched her a barrage of messages by way of WhatsApp whereas signed in underneath the identify “MJS”.
Mr Pontello final week informed the court docket that Mr Slater was struggling a number of psychological diseases together with main depressive dysfunction and ADHD on the time of the offending, however was in remission.
He beforehand informed the court docket that Mr Slater had spent 108 days in a rehabilitation facility from January to March this 12 months.
He argued that there was a public curiosity in him being handled underneath the Psychological Well being Act so he may proceed his therapy.
The police prosecution opposed the appliance, noting the seriousness of the fees and that he was on bail through the second lot of expenses.
Mr Hudson stated there was a necessity to discourage home violence offending that occurred “behind closed doorways”.
Mr Hudson stated main as much as the offending, Mr Slater’s psychological well being deteriorated whereas caught in India through the Covid pandemic, in addition to whereas in resort quarantine on his return to the nation.
He stated Mr Slater had additionally used alcohol to cope with his despair following the breakdown of his relationship.
He was final 12 months axed from Channel 7’s cricket protection following a string of tweets geared toward Prime Minister Scott Morrison whereas staying within the Maldives when the Indian Premier League was suspended.
Mr Hudson described Mr Slater’s behaviour as him “unravelling” and indicators of his psychological well being deteriorating.
He famous Mr Slater had sought therapy for his psychological well being.
“He has a big sickness and has executed important work since that time period, and he needs to be pleased with that,” he stated.
He dominated the fees be handled underneath the Psychological Well being Act and ordered Mr Slater abide by a therapy plan for 12 months.
Mr Slater can even be topic to an AVO from his ex-partner for 5 years.