Former Australian cricketer refused bail after domestic violence accusations

Publish Date
Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 7:23AM

Former Australian Test cricketer Michael Slater will remain behind bars after being refused bail in a Sunshine Coast court.

Slater is facing 19 charges relating to alleged offences perpetrated on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on various dates between December 5, 2023 and April 12.

The 54-year-old was represented by a Legal Aid duty lawyer in applying for bail in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Tuesday after a brief mention in the same court the previous day.

Slater is charged with domestic violence offences of unlawful stalking or intimidation, breaking into a dwelling with intent at night, common assault, assault occasioning bodily harm and choking or suffocation.

The former opening batsman and TV commentator is also charged with breaching bail and 10 counts of contravening a domestic violence order.

Police confirmed they arrested a 54-year-old Noosa Heads man at a Sunshine Coast address on Friday following alleged domestic violence incidents over several days.

Slater was remanded in custody with his case due to be mentioned in the same court on May 31.

After making his debut during the 1993 Ashes tour, Slater played 74 tests for Australia, amassing 5312 runs at an average of 42.83 with 14 tons.

He also played 42 one-day internationals.

Slater retired from cricket in 2004, embarking on a successful TV commentary career.

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