Latest blow for Stuart MacGill after alleged kidnapping

A Sydney restaurant run by former cricket star Stuart MacGill and his partner has been forced to close after the landlord seized the premises.

Aristotle's, a Greek restaurant in Neutral Bay, has shut up shop in a fresh blow to MacGill and girlfriend Maria O'Meagher.

Last month MacGill was allegedly kidnapped over a drug dispute.

The leg-spinner was allegedly kidnapped and held at gunpoint at a southwestern Sydney property.

Police said MacGill was not involved in any illegal activity and he was “purely” a victim after he was allegedly kidnapped on April 14.

“It is with heavy heart that we wish to advise the closure of Aristotle's Neutral Bay,” a post from the couple on Facebook read.

It is with heavy heart, that we wish to advise the closure of Aristotle's Neutral Bay. For the past several weeks we…

The pair said they had been in “negotiations” with the landlord asking for rent relief due to the ongoing pandemic.

“Unfortunately we have had no success with these negotiations as they have decided that Covid is over and wanted to increase the rent, so our only action being to close the doors last Monday evening,” they wrote.

“Additionally, as you would be aware, we and our families have also been under a great deal of personal stress with what has happened to Stuart.

“These extra staff costs to cover our absence have also had a detrimental impact on our business.”

Police earlier alleged MacGill was forced into a vehicle near his home at Cremorne on Sydney’s lower north shore.

Stuart MacGill and Maria O’Meagher were co-owners of Aristotle’s Greek restaurant at Neutral Bay. Source: SuppliedSource:Supplied

He was allegedly taken to a Bringelly property in Sydney’s southwest and assaulted, threatened with a gun, and demands were made for money.

MacGill was allegedly held for an hour before being driven to Belmore, in southwestern Sydney, where he was let go.

Four men were later arrested over the alleged plot, including Marino Sotiropoulos, 46, who is Ms O’Meagher’s brother.

Mr Sotiropoulos was charged with take/detain in company with intent to get advantage occasioning actual bodily harm, participating in a criminal group and supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.

Son Minh Nguyen, 42, was charged with knowingly directing a criminal group and take/detain in company with intent to get advantage occasioning actual bodily harm.

Cricketer Stuart MacGill at Aristotle’s Greek restaurant at Neutral Bay. Picture: InstagramSource:Supplied

Frederick Schaaf, 27, and Richard Schaaf, 29, were also arrested over the alleged kidnapping.

The couple said the restaurant would close after five “wonderful” years.

“We offer our apologies to our friends and customers who have made bookings over the coming weeks and would like to thank everyone who has supported us,” the post on Facebook read.

“We have made so many new friendships over the years which we will cherish.”

It was earlier reported that MacGill, who played 44 Tests and took 208 wickets for the Australian Test team from 1998 to 2008, did not report the alleged kidnapping to NSW Police for a week for fear of reprisal.

– additional reporting Steve Zemek

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