Former Australia Test cricketer Michael Slater was charged on Wednesday with breaching a restraining order, two months after his arrest over allegations of domestic violence. New South Wales state police said that Slater was arrested for a second time on Wednesday morning after reports he allegedly breached the restraining order, known as an Apprehended Violence Order or AVO. The 51-year-old later appeared in court in Sydney’s northern beaches and was granted bail on the condition that he checks into a mental-health unit “as soon as a bed is available”, court documents show.
Slater is facing charges of contravening the restrictions set down in an AVO, using a carriage service “to menace/harass/offend” and breaching bail, police said.
It follows similar carriage service charges — which can relate to harassment via phone, email or social media and stalking — first laid after reports of a domestic violence incident on October 12.
Under his bail conditions, Slater was barred from drinking alcohol, taking non-prescribed drugs and possessing or using electronic devices including a mobile phone.
Opening batsman Slater played for Australia for close to a decade, hitting 5,312 Test runs before his 2004 retirement.