Cricket legend from Australia, Michael Slater, has been reported to be seeking mental health treatment at a private men’s retreat, following allegations of an altercation involving a police officer several months prior.
Following the incident, Slater found himself under scrutiny as he was slapped with charges including one for assaulting police and two for obstructing them. The incident in question is rumored to have taken place during a welfare check at his home in Noosa in March of the current year, and apparently resulted in an injured officer with a cut hand.
Representing Mr. Slater, solicitor Troy Krahenbring conveyed to the Noosa Magistrates Court that the completion of the psychological report for their client has been stalled due to unforeseen circumstances. Krahenbring disclosed in his letter that Mr. Slater’s mental health had unfortunately regressed to the stage where his psychologist felt compelled to recommend an institutionalized setting for treatment, prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of Slater.
The court learned that Mr. Slater is currently ensconced at Paladium Private, an exclusive mental health facility situated in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast, and is believed to remain in their care until November 7.
The police in Queensland initially responded to a call in relation to a domestic disturbance and medical matter at a Noosa Heads home just minutes before the stroke of midnight on March 31. They will be alleging in court that it was at this location that Slater, now 53, physically attacked an officer.
Scheduled to appear in court on November 21 to address the allegations, Slater was noticeably absent from his preliminary hearing. The presiding Magistrate, Raelene Ellis, decided against discussing sentencing until Slater’s exit from the mental health facility, acknowledging the complex issues at hand.
Even though a formal plea has yet to be entered, Slater had previously voiced his intention to plead not guilty during an earlier appearance in court. Addressing the media outside the court in April, Slater expressed regret over the unfortunate incident, crediting it to a mental health episode.
Mr. Slater, whose career saw him accumulate 5312 runs while representing Australia in 74 test matches and 42 one-day internationals between 1993 and 2001, turned to sports commentary post-retirement, lending his insights to Channel 7 and Channel 9’s coverage of cricket.