Monday 20 October 2014

Rugby ace guilty of assaulting ex engaged to star

Kate Ferguson

Published 30/07/2014 | 02:30

Ian Gough who attacked his ex-girlfriend, former Miss Wales Sophia Cahill. Photo: PA
Ian Gough who attacked his ex-girlfriend, former Miss Wales Sophia Cahill. Photo: PA
Dane Bowers

WELSH international rugby star Ian Gough was yesterday found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, former Miss Wales Sophia Cahill, just weeks after she got engaged to pop star Dane Bowers.

During the trial, the beauty queen fought back tears as she told how Gough shoved her into the passenger door of his white VW campervan.

The attack happened when Gough arrived more than an hour late for a meeting at her home on January 5 last.

Mother-of-two Ms Cahill gave evidence behind a blue curtain at London's Croydon Magistrate's Court.

She said: "It was raining so I went out to the van. I expected Ian to get out but he was on his phone as if he was texting.

"I was standing there for a few seconds. There were no obvious signs he was going to get out. It looked as if he was mocking me because I was standing out in the rain.

"There was no sign of Ian getting out. I opened the passenger door and Ian just stormed around the front of the van."

She added: "He had the front of my shoulder and he just flung me back."

She said Gough told her "get away" as he attacked her.

The model said she was "shocked and upset" and fled in tears back to her house where fiance Mr Bowers was waiting for her.

She called police and Mr Bowers sent a text to Gough, the court heard.

Former Another Level star Mr Bowers wrote: "Did you just lay your ****ing hands on Sophie?"

He earlier told how he had seen the attack from a window.

He said: "He grabbed Sophie and moved her away from the car. It was forceful enough that I wondered . . . I couldn't hear what was said. But in my eyes he had no reason or permission to grab her and move her out of the way."

Just a few days before the attack Ms Cahill had been in a car accident which required hospital treatment.

She told magistrates that Gough's alleged attack made her injuries worse.

Mark Haslam, defending, insisted Gough did not attack Ms Cahill but told her not to open the passenger door because he feared it could trigger her back injury.

Gough denied assault by beating at the house in the private street in south Croydon.

He will be sentenced on August 24.

Capped 64 times for Wales, he plays for Newport Dragons.

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