Aussie cricket legend Stuart MacGill denied stalking or intimidating a woman in Sydney

Cricket legend Stuart MacGill told police a woman he is accused of stalking was ‘insane’, ‘unhinged’ and had followed him around for a year

  • Stuart MacGill, 51, accused of stalking and verbally abusing woman in Sydney   
  • Believed to have occurred on Kent Street and Captain Cook Hotel on February 1
  • MacGill appeared at the Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday 
  • Witness said he saw Kemp Street incident, described it as being ‘one-sided’ 
  • MacGill denied that he or friend Stephen Kerlin stalked or intimidated Ms Ford
  • He told police on February 18 he had made his own police complaints about her
  • The hearing in front of magistrate Christine Haskett continues 

Former Australian Test cricketer Stuart MacGill and a friend acted in a threatening manner towards a Sydney bar owner earlier this year, a court has been told.

MacGill, 51, is accused of stalking and verbally intimidating Samantha Ford while walking down Kent Street in the Sydney CBD and then later at the Captain Cook Hotel on February 1 this year.

Giving evidence in the Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday, Ryan Entwistle said he witnessed the Kent Street incident while he was having a drink with friends outside the Lord Nelson Hotel.

Former Australian Test cricketer Stuart MacGill (pictured, at the Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday), 51, is accused of stalking and verbally intimidating Samantha Ford while walking down Kent Street in the Sydney CBD and later at the Captain Cook Hotel on February 1 this year

Former Australian Test cricketer Stuart MacGill (pictured, at the Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday), 51, is accused of stalking and verbally intimidating Samantha Ford while walking down Kent Street in the Sydney CBD and later at the Captain Cook Hotel on February 1 this year

He described the conversation as being one-sided and at a relatively large volume, but did not pick up on any actual words spoken, except for ‘stick up your ass’ or ‘stick it up your ass’.

‘They were speaking to her in a kind of aggressive and threatening way,’ he said.

Ms Ford later spoke to Mr Entwistle and his friends, telling them that either MacGill or his friend Stephen Michael Kerlin were her ex-partner or knew her ex-partner, the court heard.

MacGill has denied that he or his friend Stephen Kerlin had stalked or intimidated Ms Ford, telling police on February 18 that he had made his own police complaints about her.

In the recorded police interview, which was played in court, he claimed Ms Ford had stalked him and his partner Maria O’Meagher and had hired photographer Jamie Fawcett to follow them in his van and take pictures.

MacGill (pictured) denied that he or his friend Stephen Kerlin stalked or intimidated Ms Ford, and told police he had made his own complaints about her

MacGill (pictured) denied that he or his friend Stephen Kerlin stalked or intimidated Ms Ford, and told police he had made his own complaints about her

‘She followed us, she’s stalked us for over 12 months, and I do think that she’s insane,’ he told police.

‘She’s a very upsetting woman and I believe she is disturbed to be honest.’

He also said he would not comment about a statement made by Ms Ford ‘because I believe her to be unhinged’. 

MacGill claimed that he never intimidated Ms Ford, saying that she followed them up the road and refused to leave them alone. When they entered the Captain Cook Hotel and she followed them in, they politely asked her to leave, police were told.

CCTV footage from inside the pub shows MacGill leaning towards Ms Ford and pointing his finger at her during the conversation. The former spin bowler also phoned the police as the altercation continued.

While inside the Captain Cook Hotel (pictured), MacGill was seen pointing his finger at Ms Ford during an altercation

While inside the Captain Cook Hotel (pictured), MacGill was seen pointing his finger at Ms Ford during an altercation 

In his interview with police, MacGill said he had no interest in being anywhere near Ms Ford.

‘Absolutely, I have nothing to say to the woman. I have no interest – I don’t believe there’s any reason I could possibly want to be in the same room as her.’

Also on Thursday, the court heard that Kerlin had pleaded guilty to two charges of stalking and intimidation and breaching the terms of an AVO. He will return for sentencing on August 24.

The hearing in front of magistrate Christine Haskett continues.

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