Darrell Hair speaking to Muttiah Muralitharan.
Darrell Hair speaking to Muttiah Muralitharan.

‘A monumental fall from grace’

FORMER Test cricket umpire Darrell Hair has avoided conviction after pleading guilty to stealing from his employer in what a magistrate called "a monumental fall from grace."

Hair, who stood in 78 Tests and is remembered for calling Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing in a Test in Melbourne in 1995, pleaded guilty in the Orange Local Court on Monday to one charge of embezzlement and one of stealing.

A fact sheet said Hair stole $9,005.75 from D'Aquino's Liquor in Orange between Feb. 25 and April 28. He blamed a gambling addiction.

Darrell Hair calls Muttiah Muralitharan for a no-ball.
Darrell Hair calls Muttiah Muralitharan for a no-ball.

The lawyer for the 65-year-old Hair, Andrew Rolfe, described the offending as "an aberration" in a lifetime of service.

Magistrate Michael Allen did not record a conviction but sentenced Hair to an 18-month good behaviour bond, noting he repaid the money and was in counselling.



Schoolboys shine in Australian champs at Cudgen

Schoolboys shine in Australian champs at Cudgen

National championships held in Tweed declared a resounding success

Chinderah's $7.25 million shopping village green-lighted

Chinderah's $7.25 million shopping village green-lighted

Councillors voted 5-2 in favour of the concept development

The best IGA manager in Australia comes from Tweed Valley

The best IGA manager in Australia comes from Tweed Valley

Tweed Valley's got the very best running things

Local Partners