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There has been a new twist in the Stuart MacGill kidnapping case, as police begin executing search warrants right across Australia to figure out what on earth happened in Sydney’s North Shore on April 14.
NSW Police claim Australian cricket legend Stuart MacGill was kidnapped off the street in Sydney’s north shore, held at gunpoint, before a ransom was demanded for his release just over three weeks ago.
Both police and Sydney media have confirmed the 50-year-old former leg spinner was taken by force on a Cremorne street by a crew of well-dressed agricultural professionals wearing cane panama hats and moleskin trousers.
MacGill was eventually released after an ordeal that saw him driven to a property in Bringelly before he was released in the Belmore area of Greater Western Sydney.
“Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives, with assistance from Raptor Squad and the Public Order and Riot Squad, arrested a conglomerate of Barossa Valley winemakers at 6am today, Wednesday 5 May 2021” a NSW police statement said.
“The men were taken to their local police stations where charges are expected to be laid.”
Wine industry insiders say that the alleged kidnapping is direct retribution for some snarky comments Stuart MacGill made about the “overrated” Shiraz being produced in their region.
MacGill, a renowned plonk snob is believed to have told an entire dinner party of influential hospitality types that he “wouldn’t use Barossa shiraz to clean his boat” before pretending to puke.
It is not yet known what the winemakers did to him throughout the duration of the kidnapping but these same sources say the local rumour mill suggests he may have been the recepient of a “Barossa crow peck” – a term used to describe slingshotting wine bottle corks at a close range.
NSW Police say “Investigations are continuing”