Assault sentencing for Dragons star Ian Gough adjourned

SENTENCE: Ian Gough

'SHOCKED AND UPSET': Former Miss Wales Sophia Cahill with former Another Level star Dane Bowers

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UPDATE: 11.26am

The hearing where Ian Gough was to be sentenced has been adjourned.

UPDATE: 9.26am

DRAGONS player and ex-Wales star is to be sentenced today for attacking his ex girlfriend, former Miss Wales Sophia Cahill, just days after she got engaged to pop star Dane Bowers.

Beauty queen Miss Cahill choked back tears last month as she told how Gough shoved her into the passenger door of his white VW converted camper van as he arrived late to drop off their two-year-old son Gabriel.

She said she was ''shocked and upset'' and fled back into her home in tears after the attack on the night of January 5 this year.

Miss Cahill gave evidence behind a blue curtain at London's Croydon Magistrates' Court so she did not have to come face to face with her ex-boyfriend, who denied the offence.

She told how she had become ''really worried'' after Gough was more than an hour late dropping off their son and had failed to return some of her calls when she tried to ask where he was.

When he arrived in the rain at 9.15pm she went to the car and tried to reach in to get Gabriel out, but she claimed he grabbed and pushed her against the van.

The model said she was ''shocked and upset'' and fled back to her house in tears where her fiance Mr Bowers, who she became engaged to over Christmas, was waiting for her.

The former Another Level star sent an angry text to Gough which read: ''Did you just lay your f****** hands on Sophie (sic)?''

The singer told how he had seen the attack from the window of their home.

He said: ''He grabbed Sophie (sic) 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 Miss Cahill had been in a car accident and suffered whiplash which required hospital treatment, and she told magistrates the incident made her injuries ''worse''.

Gough insisted he physically could not attack Miss Cahill because he had a calf injury and accused the brunette model of swearing at him and attacking his car.

He was found guilty of assault by beating at the house in the private street Kingswood Way in South Croydon, London.

Chairman of the bench Terry Carpenter ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing until today.

Gough made 64 appearances for the Wales rugby union team and currently plays for Newport Dragons.

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