Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Golf champion Angel Cabrera jailed for two years

Argentine golf champion Angel “Pato” Cabrera was sentenced to two years in prison for assaulting his former partner and stealing her mobile phone.

The 51 year-old golf star — who won the 2007 US Open and 2009 Masters — was found guilty of striking Cecilia Torres Mana, 37. The two were partners between 2016 and January 2019.

It comes six months after the Argentinian was captured in Brazil after fleeing from the allegations that he threatened to kill his former partner.

In January, Cabrera was caught and extradited to Argentina after he was reportedly labelled “code red” by Interpol as he fled an international arrest warrant in the US.

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He was in the US for wrist surgery in October.

Police said in a statement that the arrest was made in an upper class area of Rio de Janeiro.

The ruling by a court in the central city of Cordoba was broadcast on television.

During the trial Torres Mana described incidents of violence against her that were confirmed by witnesses.

Video from security cameras also showed Cabrera threatening her.

Prosecutor Laura Battistelli said that it was important that gender violence was taken into consideration, which served as an aggravating factor.

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The fallen golf star — one of the most successful Latin Americans to play the sport — maintains his innocence, and Cabrera’s lawyer has vowed to appeal.

The golfer faces other cases of domestic violence, including one filed by his ex-wife and mother of his two children in 2016.

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Cabrera is best known for winning the 2007 US Open and 2009 Masters, as well as losing a sudden death playoff at the 2013 Masters to Aussie Adam Scott.

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