Stuart MacGill swore at a woman he’s accused of intimidating, court hears

Stuart MacGill swore at a woman he’s accused of intimidating, court hears

A woman has denied embellishing her evidence against former Australian Test cricketer Stuart MacGill, telling a court he was the main antagonist in a dispute that led to her and her ex-fiancé being told to enter a pub leaving Sydney.

The bartender on shift said MacGill was not asked to leave, but did so shortly after his friend and Ford were evicted.

Former Australian Test cricketer Stuart MacGill is accused of intimidating a woman and telling her he was going to call the police on her, a court heard. (MONKEY)

Ford was on her way to her Millers Point home when she heard MacGill and her ex-fiancé Stephen Kerlin, she told the Downing Center Local Court today.

“The first few screams were loud, so I immediately looked up and recognized the two people,” said Ford.

MacGill was chased by Kerlin, but both were “very drunk,” she said.

Ford described MacGill calling her a “c—” several times, among other abuse.

She had met MacGill once before during her relationship with Kerlin, which had ended about two months earlier.

Ryan Bourke had been drinking with friends at the nearby Lord Nelson Hotel shortly before MacGill allegedly shouted at Ford.

“I remember it started off a bit, kind of teasing, and then it got pretty intense after that … it just got louder,” Bourke told the court.

He recalls hearing several curse words, though not specifically “c—-,” from men crossing the road before a woman approached his group who appeared “very scared.”

“She was shaking a little bit, she was holding her dog pretty tight,” Bourke said.

However, he was unable to identify the two men seen on CCTV walking past his group’s table.

Samantha Ford, owner of the bar in Sydney, told the court she felt “scared, very scared, intimidated, threatened”. (Edwina Pickles/SMH)

Guy Nichol, who was also drinking at the Lord Nelson, said he did not specifically hear what words were said or by whom.

After MacGill and Kerlin walked on, Ford went to the nearby Captain Cook Hotel, which her ex-fiancé frequented.

“I went to tell the manager not to sell them any more alcohol,” she said.

“(MacGill) came first and said something like ‘f— off you c—-‘, then he said he was going to call the police, and he said ‘you get off, you’re not welcome here,'” said Ford said.

Ford told the court MacGill stood over her as he shouted abuse.

MacGill’s lawyer, Joseph Correy, said MacGill had checked into the venue via QR code when Ford entered and he did nothing to prevent her from walking past him in the entrance and approaching the bar, or from leaving not.

“You embellished Mr. MacGill’s role in the interactions that largely took place between you and Mr. Kerlin, didn’t you?” he suggested to Ford, who disagreed, that MacGill be described as the main antagonist.

Ashley Bokser, the bartender who asked Ford and Kerlin to leave the hotel, said the argument was mainly between the two, with MacGill apparently repeating things his friend had said until she intervened.

“It didn’t really end, it didn’t go away on its own,” she said.

Correy argued it was Kerlin and Ford she told to leave “because the argument was effectively between them”.

“It was, yes,” Bokser said.

The trial continues tomorrow.

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