Aussie golfer gets suspended jail in Japan cocaine trial

Tokyo: A court in Japan Monday convicted Australian golfer Wayne Perske of cocaine possession and use but suspended his jail term, an official and media said.

The 36-year-old professional was arrested in October while in Japan for the Bridgestone Open. He was found guilty of possessing 1.25 grams (0.044 ounces) of cocaine and using some of it at a bar in Chiba, southeast of Tokyo.

Perske on Monday received a sentence of "one year and six months in prison, suspended for three years," a Chiba District Court official said, adding that an amount of cocaine had also been confiscated.

Perske had admitted to having the drug, according to Japanese media.

The Mainichi daily on its website quoted judge Yasunobu Hosoya as saying in the ruling: "Professional sports players must tolerate the loneliness of being unable to see their families and the pressure of competing abroad."

Perske, who won a Japanese tour event in 2006, lost in the preliminary round of the Bridgestone Open in Chiba.

Bureau Report