Following an alleged domestic violence incident on Friday, former Australian cricketer and pundit Michael Slater has been charged with obstructing and assaulting Queensland Police. Incidentally, the event occurred in Moosa, a tourist destination in Queensland that gained attention a few months ago due to an incident involving another Australian cricketer. The incident saw a call being made at midnight to a Noosa Heads house from the relevant authorities regarding a domestic violence complaint. Furthermore, according to the authorities, it also featured medical issues.
Slater attempted to obstruct and assault a police officer, according to the most recent update from Queensland police. The officer's hand sustained a minor cut as a result of this. However, nobody else was hurt physically except from the police.
The police department stated the following lines to the Australian Associated Press.
“Slater will appear before Noosa Magistrates Court on the 2nd of May. As the matter is domestic and medical, further information can’t be provided”.
It is to be noted that Slater isn’t new to being involved in controversies. He got into a physical altercation with another patient back in July last year while he was seeking treatment for mental health issues at the Northern Beaches Hospital. He was also charged with intimidating the man throughout the altercation. A couple of months later, Slater was charged with breaching a restraining order imposed to protect a woman residing in the Freshwater region of North Sydney.
According to the charges, he tried to intimidate the patient by utilising a carriage service. As a result, in November 2022, after the cricketer had been charged with multiple offences, his attorney John Agius SC went to court and asked the judge to order the police to drop seven counts due to the batsman's mental health. Significantly, the attorney stated that Michael Slater was receiving rehabilitation services in addition to his bipolar disorder treatment. The 53-year-old also has borderline personality disorder and alcohol addiction problem, according to his lawyers.
The Australian had a decent cricketing career where he featured in 74 Test matches and scored 5312 runs at a reasonable average of 42.83. Throughout his career he was known to be vulnerable to the nervous nineties, as he got out in the nineties 9 out of 23 times. He played his last international match in 2001 and has been a successful cricket expert and commentator since 2004.