Australia’s Former Star Cricketer Avoids Jail, Taken To Mental Hospital | Cricket

Slater, 52, was arrested by police in October and charged with stalking and intimidating his ex-wife following a domestic violence complaint.

Former Australian batsman Michael Slater avoided jail on Wednesday after a Sydney court dismissed domestic violence charges against him on mental health grounds, Australian state media reported.

Slater, 52, was arrested by police in October and charged with stalking and intimidating his ex-wife following a domestic violence complaint.

The once prominent cricket commentator was later charged with breaching a restraining order in December after he allegedly sent dozens of text messages and calls to his ex-wife.

Waverley Local Court Magistrate Ross Hudson refused to sentence Slater to prison on Wednesday, but ordered him to spend three weeks in a mental health unit, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) said.

“Since February, Mr. Slater has acknowledged his need to remain medicated and to be aware of his mental health,” Hudson was quoted as saying by ABC in court.

“He has shown a tangible commitment to therapy and counseling.”

The report says Slater did not appear in court because he was detained by police and ambulance officers on Tuesday and taken to a mental health unit for treatment at a Sydney hospital.

Slater had already seen five different psychiatrists and spent more than 100 days in various mental health facilities, ABC said.

The former opening batsman played 74 tests between 1993 and 2001 and 42 one-day internationals before becoming a cricket commentator, but was sacked by the Seven Network last year.

His departure from Seven came after a furious tirade against Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on social media.

Slater had said Morrison had “blood on (his) hands” after the government temporarily banned Australians from returning home from India as the Asian nation battled an outbreak of COVID-19.

This story has been published from a news agency source with no changes to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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