Stuart MacGill has accused the kidnappers of being released on bail as the cricketing legend’s saga continues

Two brothers accused of kidnapping former Australian cricketer Stuart MacGill have been granted strict conditional bail by the NSW Supreme Court.

Brothers Frederick Schaaf, 28, and Richard Schaaf, 30, are accused of kidnapping the former spinner on April 14, 2021.

The couple who face a charge of taking or detaining a person in company for a benefit and causing actual bodily harm were released on bail by Judge Richard Button on Thursday.

According to MacGill’s police statement following the incident, he was repeatedly punched in the front and back of his face and in his chin, which left him with a concussion. .

The prosecution acknowledged that no medical report or witness statement supported the severity of the beatings he allegedly suffered.

In Stuart MacGill’s police statement following the incident, he said he was repeatedly punched in the front and back of his face and in his chin, which caused him a concussion.

Frederic Schaaf

Richard Schaff

Brothers Frederick Schaaf, 28 (left) and Richard Schaaf, 30 (right), are accused of kidnapping the former spinner on April 14, 2021

The Schaaf brother’s lawyer, Avni Djemal, said there was “a high level” of evidence implicating MacGill in the drug deal and was surprised he had not been charged over the incident.

“It is debatable whether the plaintiff got into the car voluntarily,” Judge Button said.

MacGill told police he was forced into a car in Cremorne on Sydney’s north shore and taken to Bringelly, south of Sydney.

Three assailants then allegedly tried to extort money from the 51-year-old before dropping him off at around 45 in Belmore around an hour later.

He could not identify the men who abducted him, but said they spoke Tongan.

He waited a week to report the incident to the police saying he was so scared by the experience and was threatened with a gun.

The Crown alleges the men kidnapped and brutalized MacGill who was running a restaurant at the time to get money for a drug ‘scam’, allegedly by a man who was introduced to them by the cricketer, according to the jugement.

The court was told that Frederick Schaaf had two phones, one located inside the car which was allegedly used during the kidnapping.

But Mr Djemal said his other secret Cipher phone was nowhere near the car and argued that his other manifest phone had been left inside the car while it was borrowed.

The Schaaf brother's lawyer, Avni Djemal, said there was

The Schaaf brother’s lawyer, Avni Djemal, said there was “a high level” of evidence implicating MacGill (pictured with ex-partner Maria O’Meagher) in the drug deal and was surprised that he has not been charged for the incident.

The Schaaf brothers have been detained since their arrest in May 2021.

The Crown argued that the case against Richard Schaaf was ‘reasonable’, while that of his brother was ‘not strong, but it is a reasonable case nonetheless’.

Frederick Schaaf’s “dismal” dental health was part of his claim after the court was told he could not get adequate medical treatment while in custody.

He was released on bail to live under “virtual house arrest” and to care for his ailing mother, Judge Button said.

The men must report to the Marrickville police station daily, observe a curfew, not communicate with any of the co-defendants and not travel within two miles of Cremorne Junction LPO, among other conditions.

A trial in Sydney District Court has been set for October 23, 2023.

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