Michael Slater admitted to mental health facility after Australian cricket great was charged with alleged assault of a Noosa police officer this year
- Michael Slater has been admitted to a mental health facility
- The cricket great was charged with an alleged assault this year
- A court heard that his mental state has ‘deteriorated’
Australian cricket great Michael Slater is seeking mental health treatment in a private men’s retreat months after he was charged with allegedly attacking a police officer, a court has been told.
Mr Slater was charged with one count of assaulting police and two counts of obstructing police following the alleged assault, where an officer’s hand was cut, during a welfare check at Noosa home in March this year.
Mr Slater’s solicitor, Troy Krahenbring, wrote to Noosa Magistrates Court to explain there had been further delays in completing a psychological report for his client.
‘Unfortunately the defendant’s health has deteriorated to such a state where his psychologist directed he be institutionalised for treatment for his own safety and well being,’ the letter stated, as it was read out in court on Tuesday.
Mr Krahenbring said Mr Slater ‘currently resided’ at Palladium Private, a men’s only mental health facility based at Maleny on the Sunshine Coast.
Michael Slater has been admitted to a mental health facility, a court heard on Tuesday
The court was told Mr Slater was seeking treatment there until November 7.
Queensland Police were called to a Noosa Heads home just before midnight on March 31 this year following reports of a domestic violence-related matter and medical incident at the property.
Police will allege in court Mr Slater, 53, assaulted an officer at the Noosa Heads home.
Mr Slater, who remains on bail, was not in attendance when his matter was mentioned on Tuesday.
The matter was adjourned to Noosa Magistrates Court on November 21 for further mention.
Acting Magistrate Raelene Ellis said she wouldn’t list the matter for sentence yet until after Mr Slater has exited the mental health facility.
‘We can list it for a plea after that date given the issues that have been outlined, it might be premature to do otherwise,’ Ms Ellis said.
No formal plea has been entered.
During a previous appearance at Noosa Magistrates Court, Mr Slater said he intended to plead not guilty to the charges.
The cricket great’s mental health has deteriorated since he was arrested for the alleged assault of a Noosa police officer earlier this year
Speaking to media outside of court in April this year, Mr Slater said the incident was an ‘unfortunate situation’ during a mental health episode.
During his cricketing career, Mr Slater scored 5312 runs, playing 74 test matches and 42 one-day internationals for Australia between 1993 and 2001.
The Australian sporting star then transitioned to commentary with Channel 7 and Channel 9 after retiring from cricket.
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