Child abductor who used fake passports jailed

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A man who used false passports to abduct a child for nine months has been jailed for more than three years.

Rafael Cabello, 44, took the child on the morning of March 2 last year before boarding a flight at a nearby airport.

Bristol Crown Court heard the pair first flew to Amsterdam before travelling to numerous other countries.

On November 30, they were stopped by Spanish authorities from a flight from Mexico to Madrid. Cabello pleaded guilty to taking the child from the UK.

Cabello, a Spanish national, was extradited to Britain and the child was returned home.

A reporting restriction bans the publication of any matter that could lead to the child being identified.

'Significant planning'

Judge Peter Blair QC, the Recorder of Bristol, jailed Cabello for three years and four months.

"This case is of very great seriousness," he said.

"There was a persistent non-disclosure of where you were, and you travelled between many countries.

"There was also significant planning in order to achieve this abduction, which included the purchasing of air tickets using false names and passport numbers."

The judge accepted Cabello had not been motivated by "any sinister purpose" when he abducted the child.

But he said "enormous long-term damage" had been caused to the child by Cabello's "selfishness".

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