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Rugby Star Guilty Of Assaulting Ex-Miss Wales
Welsh international rugby in Ian Gough has been found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Sophia Cahill, a former Miss Wales.
The assault came just weeks after Miss Cahill, 30, had become engaged to pop star Dane Bowers.
Beauty queen Miss Cahill wept in court as she told how Gough, 37, shoved her into the passenger door of his white VW campervan.
She said she was "shocked and upset" by the assault, which took place after the second row player arrived late to a meeting at her home on January 5.
Miss Cahill, who gave evidence from behind a blue curtain, said: "I opened the passenger door and Ian just stormed around the front of the van.
"He had the front of my shoulder and he just flung me back."
She added that the attack made existing whiplash injuries from a car accident severeal days earlier worse.
Terry Carpenter, chairman of the bench, told Croydon Magistrates' Court he found Miss Cahill's evidence "convincing".
Miss Cahill and Another Level singer Mr Bowers were engaged over Christmas last year.
Mr Bowers told the court he sent an angry text to Gough after the assault, which read: "did you just lay your f****** hands on Sophie?"
He added: "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."
Gough, of Swansea, was found guilty of assault by beating at the house in South Croydon, London.
The rugby international, who has made 64 appearances for Wales and currently plays for Newport Dragons, shook his head as the verdict was delivered.
Outside court, the rugby player's father Malcolm Gough, said they were "strongly disappointed with what the magistrates have just come out with".
"We totally disagree with it and are taking it further, as far as we can go. It's a travesty of justice," he added.
Sentencing was adjourned until August 26.