Dragons and ex-Wales star Ian Gough guilty of assaulting ex-girlfriend and former Miss Wales and partner of Another Level star Dane Bowers, Sophia Cahill

ATTACK: Ian Gough

IN COURT: Sophia Cahill picture here with her fiance Dane Bowers

First published in Gwent news
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Ex-Wales international rugby star Ian Gough was today found guilty at Croydon Magistrates' Court of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and former Miss Wales Sophia Cahill just weeks after she got engaged to pop star Dane Bowers.

Chairman of the bench Terry Carpenter told Croydon Magistrates Court the magistrates had found the evidence of Miss Cahill was "convincing" and backed up by Mr Bowers.

Beauty queen Miss Cahill, from Pontypool, fought back tears as she told how Newport Gwent Dragon Gough, 37, who grew up in Cwmbran, shoved her into the passenger door of his white VW camper van.

She said she was "shocked and upset" after the attack, which happened when Gough arrived more than an hour late for a meeting at her home in Croydon on the evening January 5 this year.

Miss Cahill chose to give evidence behind a blue curtain at Croydon Magistrates Court so she did not have to come face-to-face with her ex-boyfriend, who denied assaulting her.

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. 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 allegedly attacked her.

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

She called police about ten minutes later and Mr Bowers sent an angry text to Gough, the court heard.

The court was told that former Another Level star Mr Bowers wrote: "Did you just lay your ******* hands on Sophie?"

He earlier told how he had seen the incident from the window of their home.

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 Miss Cahill had been in a car accident and suffered whiplash which required hospital treatment.

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

She said: "I had existing injuries. I was suffering from whiplash. I was in a car accident and it made it worse."

Mark Haslam, defending, insisted Gough, who now lives in Swansea, did not attack Miss Cahill but told her not to open the passenger door because he feared it could trigger her back injury.

He also accused the model of being "abusive and swearing at" Gough.

But Miss Cahill denied this saying: "Absolutely not. There is absolutely no way I can imagine Ian offering any kind of help to me."

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

Gough insisted he never touched Miss Cahill and instead claimed she unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade against him and physically hit his car.

He told magistrates: "Sophie was still at the window and punched the window and was shouting and swearing profusely at me and punching the wing mirror on the side of the van which caved in.

"At that point, without putting my seatbelt on, I started the car and drove off quickly.

"The last thing I could see as I was driving off was her... finger stuck up at me still swearing."

The rugby star said he felt "vulnerable" being at his ex-girlfriend's home. He later parked up and phoned police.

Asked if he had attacked Miss Cahill or told her to get away, he said: "At no stage did I make any physical contact with her."

Gough made 64 appearances for the Wales rugby union team.

Mr Carpenter adjourned sentencing until August 24.

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8:51pm Tue 29 Jul 14

scraptheWAG says...

i would imagine she would marry anyone to get in the limelight
i would imagine she would marry anyone to get in the limelight scraptheWAG
  • Score: 15

8:59pm Tue 29 Jul 14

griff girl says...

I knew Ian personally and was very close to him about 15 yrs ago - all I can say is there are 2 sides to every story and found him to be a lovely gentle giant! Hope this young lady & her new fiance can sleep at night -sad fame worshipper
I knew Ian personally and was very close to him about 15 yrs ago - all I can say is there are 2 sides to every story and found him to be a lovely gentle giant! Hope this young lady & her new fiance can sleep at night -sad fame worshipper griff girl
  • Score: 18

10:14pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Keith Barnett says...

Both men need their eyes testing!!
Both men need their eyes testing!! Keith Barnett
  • Score: 6

8:58am Wed 30 Jul 14

CCFC1927 says...

Sounds like a convenient way to make the most of a personal injury claim for compo!.
Her boyfriend witnessed the incident through the window yet text him 10 minutes after the incident asking if he laid hands on her!.
Sounds like a convenient way to make the most of a personal injury claim for compo!. Her boyfriend witnessed the incident through the window yet text him 10 minutes after the incident asking if he laid hands on her!. CCFC1927
  • Score: 13

10:44am Wed 30 Jul 14

davidcp says...

Didn't mention her full frontal modelling in Penthouse, SWA? And yet she's shy.
Didn't mention her full frontal modelling in Penthouse, SWA? And yet she's shy. davidcp
  • Score: 5

10:44am Wed 30 Jul 14

davidcp says...

davidcp wrote:
Didn't mention her full frontal modelling in Penthouse, SWA? And yet she's shy.
(Ahem) Or so I've been told......
[quote][p][bold]davidcp[/bold] wrote: Didn't mention her full frontal modelling in Penthouse, SWA? And yet she's shy.[/p][/quote](Ahem) Or so I've been told...... davidcp
  • Score: 3

12:54pm Wed 30 Jul 14

the3feathers says...

so in short dane bowers is a spineless grass lying to get a restraining order to protect his z-list **** and the police and CPS are up to old tricks again prosecuting innocent people and publically ruining their lives to up crime statistics and fill her majesties coffers. these cases are nothing short of repulsive and the end in no way justifies the means when its so obvious it was revenge motivated. the police, judge and CPS should be ashamed of themselves.
so in short dane bowers is a spineless grass lying to get a restraining order to protect his z-list **** and the police and CPS are up to old tricks again prosecuting innocent people and publically ruining their lives to up crime statistics and fill her majesties coffers. these cases are nothing short of repulsive and the end in no way justifies the means when its so obvious it was revenge motivated. the police, judge and CPS should be ashamed of themselves. the3feathers
  • Score: 4

1:27pm Wed 30 Jul 14

blue lagoon 2 says...

Surely that loser bowers would have done a tad more than send a txt to goughie if he actually saw him push his girlfriend? 1 biased witness and im not buying it. Z listers
Surely that loser bowers would have done a tad more than send a txt to goughie if he actually saw him push his girlfriend? 1 biased witness and im not buying it. Z listers blue lagoon 2
  • Score: 9

1:56pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Working girl says...

She sounds like a right drama queen with the blue curtain at the trial. Completely trumped up charges with Z lister Bowers as a completely biased witness.
She sounds like a right drama queen with the blue curtain at the trial. Completely trumped up charges with Z lister Bowers as a completely biased witness. Working girl
  • Score: 8

3:26pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Mr Bump. says...

I can only echo the sentiments above. How did this even get to the courts? If he's guilty of anything it's man handling, not assault.
I can only echo the sentiments above. How did this even get to the courts? If he's guilty of anything it's man handling, not assault. Mr Bump.
  • Score: 6

5:05pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Miss Thomas says...

I was in school with "Sophia" and she was very much the drama queen back then. She ought to be an actress not a model.
I was in school with "Sophia" and she was very much the drama queen back then. She ought to be an actress not a model. Miss Thomas
  • Score: 7

6:09pm Wed 30 Jul 14

corpardguy says...

Does this mean Goughie gets a free swing at her/them now as he's paying for one he didn't get?
Wannabe Kardashian/Hilton type, complete waste of space and taking up valuable oxygen that could be better used by a plant.
Does this mean Goughie gets a free swing at her/them now as he's paying for one he didn't get? Wannabe Kardashian/Hilton type, complete waste of space and taking up valuable oxygen that could be better used by a plant. corpardguy
  • Score: 6

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