Australian cricketer great Michael Slater will make a big move after being arrested by police in Sydney last week.
Former Australian cricket star Michael Slater is seeking treatment at a mental health facility after being charged with domestic violence offences.
Waverley Local Court in Sydney’s east heard on Thursday that Mr Slater would seek to deal with the domestic violence charges on mental health grounds.
The court had previously heard that Mr Slater suffered from an alcohol disorder, which was a factor in some of his alleged offences.
The Test drummer was first charged in October after he allegedly used a transport service to threaten, harass or offend, as well as stalk or intimidate his former partner, following an alleged domestic violence incident.
Mr Slater allegedly used a mobile phone to stalk his ex between March and October this year, as well as to stalk and intimidate the woman in Randwick between October 12 and 13.
Last week he was arrested again at West Promenade, Manly, and charged with breaching AVO and using a transport service to threaten, harass or intimidate his former partner.
The 51-year-old allegedly sent 66 text messages and made 18 phone calls to his ex-partner over around two and a half hours on the night of December 14.
The posts were described by a police prosecutor as “harassing and highly offensive”.
His solicitor James McLoughlin told Manly Local Court last week that at the time he sent the 66 text messages the drinking disorder was “strongly at stake”.
Magistrate Michelle Goodwin granted Slater a strict conditional bail, on the condition that he stay at his sister’s house until he was assigned a bed in a Northern Beaches mental health unit.
On Thursday, the court heard that Mr Slater now resides at the Northern Beaches facility.
Mr McLoughlin said he would seek to address matters under the mental health provisions, which could see the charges dismissed on the grounds that Mr Slater is receiving ongoing treatment.
Still, Mr McLoughlin said if the sanity claims were unsuccessful, he was instructed to plead guilty to all offences.
Mr. Slater has not yet entered a plea.
Slater played 74 Tests and 42 One Day Internationals for Australia between 1993 and 2001 before moving to television commentary.
The cases were adjourned until April 19 to hear the mental health claims.