Australian cricketer Michael Slater has been convicted of domestic violence charges, as magistrate describing his behaviour as “controlling”
Michael Slater : Domestic violence | Partner | Ex wife
Michael Jonathon Slater is an Australian former professional cricketer and former television presenter.
Michael Jonathon Slater
|21 February 1970
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
|Right arm medium
He played in 74 Test matches and 42 One Day Internationals for the Australia national cricket team.
A specialist right-handed batsman as well as a very occasional bowler, Slater represented the New South Wales Blues in Australian domestic cricket and played English county cricket with Derbyshire.
His Australian club was the University of NSW Cricket Club, scoring 3873 runs in 77 innings with a high score of 213* in first grade.
Michael Slater domestic violence
Former Test cricketer Michael Slater has been labelled a “domestic abuser” by a magistrate who found his violent offending against an ex-partner couldn’t be dismissed on mental health grounds.
The 52-year-old, who played 74 matches in the baggy green, was convicted on Wednesday of common assault, breaching a restraining order and two other offences against a woman between April and September.
He first accused the woman of being unfaithful, tried to grab her phone, grabbed her instead and later threatened to self-harm.
Despite a restraining order, Slater tried to contact her more than 100 times, including on Whatsapp.
His speech was noticeably slurred at times.
Slater applied to have the matters dealt with under a mental health plan, as another court allowed in April for separate offending.
But magistrate Robyn Denes said the offending involved noted aspects of domestic violence crimes: accusations of infidelity, demands to see phones, restrictions on who the woman could meet and speak to and threats of self-harm.
“It’s all controlling behaviours,” she said.
“Threats of self-harm can be viewed as controlling and intimidating conduct, making the other person responsible for the acts of the offender.”
Having thrown out the mental health application, Denes also dismissed an argument to spare Slater a conviction.
The popular TV presenter tied the knot with Jo Slater in the late 2000s.
The two reportedly started dating in 2005, and she was instrumental in helping Slater come out of his depression.
Also the couple lives along with three kids in Sydney. Jo Slater is a Yoga teacher by profession.
While the former Australian cricketer is often on the road for his commentary assignments, he loves to cherish his time off cricket with his wife and kids.
So “I was at times fearful for my physical safety and endured constant emotional and psychological abuse,” she alleged.
The woman said Slater stalked her, physically intimidated her, and one time was arrested by police when he tried to stop her from leaving her house.
“On another occasion he put a belt around his neck and said he would string it from above the bed if I didn’t resume the relationship,” the woman said.
Also the Herald Sun reports that Slater is believed to be in a Sydney mental health facility after breaching bail conditions.
Michael Slater ex wife
Australian cricket great Michael Slater’s ex-partner has alleged he sent her a barrage of texts before showing up at her home, as the cricketer admits himself for mental health treatment following charges over an alleged domestic violence incident.
It is alleged Slater showed up at his ex-partner Melanie Livesey’s home in Clovelly in Sydney’s east on the afternoon of October 12.
She claimed Slater bombarded her with texts, calls and emails before he arrived at the eastern suburbs residence.
The 51-year-old cricketer was arrested on Wednesday morning and taken to Manly Police Station where he was interviewed and later charged.
But the former Test opener has been charged with using a carriage service to menace/haras /offend and stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm.
Also the intimidation is alleged to have occurred at two homes in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, in Clovelly and nearby Randwick.
Sean Anderson, who manages the cricket star, said Slater had been suffering from from mental health issues for a while.
‘Michael has been privately battling health and mental issues for some time now,’ Mr Anderson said in a statement.
‘He has today admitted himself into care in order to continue his treatment. He is also receiving legal advice in relation to today’s charges.’