By Laura Chung
A man allegedly involved in the kidnapping of former Test cricketer Stuart MacGill from outside his Cremorne apartment could lose all his teeth while behind bars if he does not continue receiving private treatment, a court has heard.
Frederick Schaaf’s barrister Ian McLachlan said his client’s back teeth were already missing and he needed “urgent ... treatment” which Justice Health would not be able to provide.
Mr McLachlan told Manly Local Court on Wednesday if the matter was to proceed to trial there could be a delay of more than 18 months, during which time Mr Schaaf could suffer from serious tooth decay and require all his teeth to be removed.
The court heard some time during the kidnapping incident in April Mr Schaaf allegedly touched his hip, giving the impression he had a gun.
Mr McLachlan offered several bail conditions to the court, including a $50,000 surety and daily reporting.
Police prosecutor Adrian Walsh told the court there were no bail conditions that could alleviate their concerns and if Mr Schaaf was convicted, it was almost “inevitable” he would face a custodial sentence.
The court heard several warrants had been issued for Mr Schaaf’s arrest between 2014 and 2017 for a variety of offences including domestic violence.
“His record does him no favours, warrants have had to be issued in the past, including conviction warrants where he has failed to appear,” Mr Walsh said.
Mr Schaaf has been charged with participating in a criminal group contributing to criminal activity and taking or detaining a person in company with the intent to obtain an advantage and occasion bodily harm.
In refusing bail, magistrate Miranda Moody said Mr Schaaf had a “history of violence” and her greatest concern was his failure to appear at subsequent court dates.
Mr MacGill was allegedly confronted outside his Cremorne apartment on April 14, forced into a vehicle and taken 60 kilometres to Bringelly in south-west Sydney. There, he was allegedly threatened with a gun and assaulted and it is believed his captors demanded he hand over money.
Police allege Mr MacGill refused to hand over any money and was released later that night in Belmore, 40 kilometres away. He spent the next six days hiding out before he reported the incident to police.
Mr MacGill denies any knowledge of an alleged cocaine supply deal when he introduced Marino Sotiropoulos, the brother of his partner Maria O’Meagher, to an associate known as “Sonny” - an alleged drug dealer and regular diner at Aristotle’s, a Greek restaurant run by Mr MacGill and Ms O’Meagher in Neutral Bay.
Police allege Mr Sotiropoulos was seeking to supply Sonny with cocaine and there was subsequently a dispute over two kilograms of the drug in a deal worth up to $660,000. When Sonny disappeared, Mr Sotiropoulos allegedly pressured Mr MacGill to secure payment on behalf of the drug supplier.
It is alleged Mr Sotiropoulos was demanding Mr MacGill help with compensation because he made the introduction to Sonny. Police say Mr MacGill was not aware of the deal, that he was “purely a victim” and he is not facing any charges.
On Tuesday, police released photos of two men who entered a Bunnings warehouse hours before the kidnapping to allegedly buy items that would be used in the ordeal.
The first man depicted in the CCTV is described as being of Pacific Islander/Maori appearance, aged between 20 and 25, about 180 cm–190 cm tall, with a solid build, brown eyes, dark shaved hair in a ponytail and a tattoo on his right hand.
The second man is described as being Pacific Islander/Maori appearance, aged between 20 and 25, about 175 cm–185 cm tall, with a solid build, brown eyes, short dark hair and stubble.
Police also released an image of Sonny who was allegedly involved in a drug transaction that fell over and would eventually lead to the kidnapping. He has been described as being of Middle Eastern appearance, aged 25-35, of solid build, with short dark-coloured thinning hair and a brown and red coloured beard.
Police say he was seen driving a white Toyota Camry with a rideshare sticker on the rear. He is believed to frequent the Ryde area. Following inquiries with the rideshare company, police do not believe Sonny is a driver for them and may have instead borrowed the car he was last seen in.
Four men – Mr Sotiropoulos, Mr Schaaf and his brother Richard, and Son Minh Nguyen – were charged in May for their alleged roles in the incident.
Mr Schaaf’s matter will return to the same court on June 28. Mr Sotiropoulos’ matter was also heard before Manly Local Court on Wednesday but the matter was adjourned to later in the month.
Co-accused Richard Schaaf and Son Ming Nguyen’s matters will be heard before the same court in the next two weeks.
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