Miss Argentina was shocked when she discovered that a stalker who had threatened to burn her pretty face off with acid was a journalist on a local radio station.
Reporter Ignacio Tomas Morero, 28, is on trial for allegedly threatening Miss Argentina 2020 Alina Akselrad, 22, several times over the phone including one incident in 2019 when he told her he would burn her face with acid.
But the radio reporter was caught when the model’s mother shared a voice recording and listeners recognised that he sounded like the journalist that worked for a local radio station.
Morero’s trial is being overseen by judge Marcelino Antonio Morales in the Argentinian city of Jesus Maria in the province of Cordoba.
Local news site TN reports that Morero has admitted to making several threatening calls to the beauty queen and her family in 2019.
Morero allegedly said during one call: “Think about whether you are going to continue your reign as a beauty queen because I don’t know how long you have left with that little face of yours.”
He then allegedly told the 22-year-old model: “I’m going to burn your little face with acid.”
Moreno is also accused of threatening Alina’s mother, Silvia Torano, in an anonymous call saying: “Enjoy your daughter’s face, because she will be on the floor when we throw acid over it; you’ll see ”
If the court finds Moreno, who according to his LinkedIn profile is a journalist and News Editor at Mas Radio, he will face between 1 and 3 years in prison.
Moreno was tracked down after the model’s mother released recordings of the voice clips as she was determined to track down the culprit even if the police weren’t taking the case seriously.
An anonymous tip came in claiming that the voice resembled Moreno’s who worked as a journalist at a local radio station.
TN reports that Moreno admitted he made the calls but tried to play it off as a prank and said it’s nothing to get too worked up about.
The beauty queen’s family were not satisfied with Moreno’s attempt to play down the seriousness of his actions and an investigation was launched by local authorities.
Alina told local news site Clarin: “In the beginning, we [her family] didn’t take the threats too seriously as we assumed it was just some drunk idiots dialling random numbers and being rude.”
However, the calls became increasingly sinister with several different unidentified callers repeatedly threatening her.
The anonymous male voices started to give details about where the family had recently been and claimed that he knew who Alina was with and where.
She said the final straw came when one of the callers told her that he was going to blow up her house with a bomb.
It was after the bomb threat that Alina and her family decided to move out of their home in Colonia Caroya.
The trial is ongoing and it is not yet clear when it will be concluded.
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