Australia cricket great Slater's charges dropped over mental health
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A Sydney magistrate dismissed the charges against the 52-year-old at a hearing on Wednesday, putting Slater into the care of a doctor for mental health treatment instead, according to court documents Thursday.
Slater, who played Test cricket for Australia from 1993-2001 scoring 5,312 runs, faced charges of stalking or intimidation, breaching a restraining order, and using a carriage service -- such as a phone, email or social media -- to menace, harass or offend.
On the eve of Slater's Wednesday hearing at Sydney's Waverley Local Court, police said they were called to an apartment in the city's Manly district following a report of domestic violence.
On arrival Tuesday evening, police were told that a 52-year-old man had allegedly assaulted a 35-year-old woman, a New South Wales police spokesman said.
Slater's admission to hospital was noted by the police prosecutor during the court hearing, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Opening batsman Slater played 74 Tests for Australia, scoring 14 centuries and a best of 219 against Sri Lanka at Perth in 1995.