Liang Wenbo sentenced after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman

April 1, 2022
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Liang Wenbo
The world No.33 pleaded guilty (Picture: George Wood/Getty Images)

Professional snooker player Liang Wenbo has been handed a 12-month community order after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman in Sheffield.

The current world No.33 was caught on CCTV in the early hours of July last year repeatedly punching and kicking a woman.

He also seen dragging the woman to the floor and continuing his assault while another man tried to intervene and break up the altercation.

Wenbo pleaded guilty to the charge of domestic-related assault by beating on February 9 and as a result has been handed a 12-month community order, as well as being ordered to pay more than £1,380.

Deputy chief crown prosecutor for CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, Jonathan Wettreich, said: ‘Wenbo perpetrated a sustained and deliberate assault on the female victim, late at night, leaving her in great distress.

‘We will always pursue domestic abuse cases where our legal tests are met; this type of behaviour will not be tolerated, and the CPS treats such cases with the utmost seriousness.

‘He has pleaded guilty and been fined £1,380 and given a community order.’

Wenbo, who won the English Open in 2016, will have a job on his hands to win back the support of his fans following his conviction and snooker’s governing body also released a statement today expressing their disappointment.

WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson said: ‘We were extremely disappointed to learn of this today, and it is obviously a very serious charge to which Liang Wenbo has pleaded guilty.

‘It only came to our attention today; we have seen the sentence of the court.

‘We need to now consider whether he has in addition fallen foul of our disciplinary process in the area of disrepute.’

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