Australian cricket great Michael Slater is behind bars after being charged for allegedly breaching a domestic violence order.
The 51-year-old was initially arrested in Manly on October 20 and charged with stalking and using a phone to harass his former girlfriend Melanie Livesey.
She claimed Slater bombarded her with texts, calls and emails before he arrived at their eastern suburbs home.
At 7.45am on Wednesday, he was apprehended by police again and taken to Manly Police Station.
The sporting legend was charged with contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO, use carriage service to menace/harass/offend, and breach of bail.
Michael Slater leaves Manly Police Station after being charged over a domestic violence incident (above)
Slater with his partner Melanie Livesey before his arrest in October
He was refused bail and appeared in Manly Local Court on Wednesday.
According to documents filed in Waverly Local Court on November 11, Slater used his mobile phone between March and October this year ‘to menace or harass’.
The intimidation allegedly occurred between October 12 and 13 in Randwick, in Sydney’s east.
His lawyer James McLoughlin told the court that his client was in hospital for ‘related treatment’ and had been assessed by a forensic psychiatrist, NCA Newswire previously reported.
McLoughlin said he would be applying to have the matter dealt with under Section 14 of the Mental Health Act on December 23, and indicated a plea would be entered on that occasion.
Magistrate Carolyn Huntsman at first baulked at the request saying ‘are you kidding me?’
The magistrate explained the busy court workload was ‘terrible’ and would be inundated with bail reviews just before Christmas.
She warned McLoughlin she had recently seen mental health applications run go very badly and asked for his submissions in advance.
Slater had played 74 Tests for Australia between 1993 and 2001. Slater is seen with fellow cricket star Michael Clarke
‘I have seen section 14 applications run outrageously poorly and you will not, I’m sure, but (I want) written submissions, everything, to respect the court’s time, material sent to us in advance,’ Ms Huntsman said.
‘It’s impossible for the court a lot of the time, with our workload, the way section 14s are prepared and presented… I’m sure I don’t have to say it to (someone of) your quality.’
Ms Huntsman agreed to grant Slater the December hearing date and he will return to court on December 23.
Police allege the incident unfolded just days after Slater was sensationally axed from Channel Seven’s cricket coverage.
His sacking from Channel Seven has been linked to his controversial comments criticising Australia’s travel restrictions – after he flew to India to commentate on the Indian Premier League competition and as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold.
Michael Slater’s lawyer applied to have his charges under Section 14 of the Mental Health Act in November (pictured, Slater leaves court on October 20)
At one stage he claimed Prime Minister Scott Morrison had ‘blood on his hands’ over his handling of the pandemic.
The retired opening batsman told the PM in a series of tweets to get on his private jet and ‘come and witness dead bodies on the street’.
‘Amazing to smoke out the PM on a matter that is a human crisis. The panic, the fear of every Australian in India is real!! How about you take your private jet and come and witness dead bodies on the street!’
Speaking after the incident, the former batsman said he was ‘completely overwhelmed’ and did not mean to be ‘disrespectful’.
‘The tweets came from a place of sheer desperation and wanting to get home to crying kids worried about their father,’ Slater preciously told The Courier Mail.
‘It got very emotional. We got to Ahmedabad and we went past a Covid testing site. We’d see all these dead bodies on the side of the road. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. It was so horribly confronting.
‘If I had my time again, bearing in mind it could have had a link to what’s just happened to me at Channel 7, no I wouldn’t do it again.’
Australian Test cricket great Michael Slater (pictured) was arrested over an alleged domestic stalking incident in October
Slater and his partner Melanie Livesey sold their home in Randwick in August this year for $5.65million, just a year after buying it for $3.8million.
The former cricket star played in 74 Tests for Australia, scoring 5312 runs at an average of 42.83 after making his debut during the 1993 Ashes tour of England.
The opening batsman also played 42 one-day internationals, scoring just under 1,000 runs before retiring from major cricket in 2004.
Slater was recently dropped from Seven Network’s commentary team for the upcoming summer cricket season, with the network choosing not to renew his contract, citing budgetary pressures.
In 2021, Slater travelled to India to commentate on the Indian Premier League competition.