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Michael Slater asks his domestic violence charges be dealt with under Mental Health Act

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Fallen Test cricketer Michael Slater reveals he has spent 108 days in rehab and brandishes a character reference from his EX-WIFE to fight domestic violence charges

  • Slater has been charged with breaching AVO and harassing former partner
  • Lawyers argued his charges be dealt with under the Mental Health Act
  • Slater completed 108 days in rehab facility after he was arrested in December  

Australian cricket great Michael Slater has asked for his domestic violence charges to be dealt with under mental health laws after surfacing from a 108-day stint in rehab.

The 52-year-old has been charged with contravening an apprehended violence order. 

Slater also allegedly used his mobile phone between March and October last year ‘to menace or harass’ his ex-partner, and was also charged with intimidating.

It is alleged the intimidation occurred between October 12 and 13 in Randwick, in Sydney’s east.

He was then charged with contravening the AVO in December after he allegedly called his ex 18 times and sent 66 texts within two-and-a-half hours.

Michael Slater (pictured with ex-wife Jo) has  been charged with contravening an apprehended violence order

Michael Slater (pictured with ex-wife Jo) has  been charged with contravening an apprehended violence order

Australian cricket great Michael Slater has asked for his domestic violence charges to be dealt with under mental health laws after surfacing from a 108-day stint in rehab

Australian cricket great Michael Slater has asked for his domestic violence charges to be dealt with under mental health laws after surfacing from a 108-day stint in rehab 

On Monday his lawyers requested in the Waverley Local Court that his charges be dealt with under the Mental Health Act, the Herald Sun reported.

The former Test batsman has spent 108 days in rehab after his arrest in December, with barrister Richard Pontello SC arguing his charges be dealt with under the Mental Health Act so he could continue treatment.

A character reference from Slater’s ex-wife was also given which read: ‘The world is a better place with Mr Slater in it at his healthy best’.

Slater’s ex-wife is not the alleged victim related to his charges.

The former Test batsman has spent 108 days in rehab after his arrest in December, with barrister Richard Pontello SC arguing his charges be dealt with under the Mental Health Act so he could continue treatment. Pictured is Slater leaving court in October, 2021

The former Test batsman has spent 108 days in rehab after his arrest in December, with barrister Richard Pontello SC arguing his charges be dealt with under the Mental Health Act so he could continue treatment. Pictured is Slater leaving court in October, 2021

The prosecution argued due to the seriousness of the allegations, Slater’s case should be dealt with under criminal law.

The case will return to court on April 27. 

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 dumped from his commentary duties from Seven last October.

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.

At one stage he claimed Prime Minister Scott Morrison had ‘blood on his hands’ over his handling of the pandemic.

Slater had played 74 Tests for Australia between 1993 and 2001. Slater is seen with fellow cricket star Michael Clarke

Slater had played 74 Tests for Australia between 1993 and 2001. Slater is seen with fellow cricket star Michael Clarke

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