Ian Gough sentenced for assaulting former girlfriend
ESPN Staff
August 28, 2014

Former Wales second-row Ian Gough has been ordered to pay £2130 in fines and costs after attacking Sophia Cahill days after his beauty queen ex-girlfriend got engaged to singer-turned-DJ Dane Bowers.

Gough, 37, was sentenced after he was found guilty in July of assaulting Cahill on January 5. Gough's lawyer said the player was appealing against the verdict.

Cahill did not attend Gough's sentencing in south London but she said through a victim impact statement read out on her behalf that she had suffered anxiety and panic attacks since the incident.

Prosecutor Christian Wheeliker said the medication she takes for her conditions means she is unable to drive, affecting her work as a TV presenter. Cahill also complained of becoming the target of harassment by Gough's family and the victim of allegations on social media.

Mark Haslam, defending the Newport Gwent Dragons player, contested Cahill's claim that she cannot drive, saying she had been spotted behind the wheel of her white Jeep in Swansea on Tuesday.

He described the assault as "one isolated incident" that happened during one of many meetings between the former couple as they picked up or dropped off their son.

He said that Cahill suffered no signs of physical injury from the attack, and Gough was of previous good character with no convictions or cautions. Cheryl Southern-Petty accepted in sentencing Gough that he was previously of "excellent character".

Gough was fined £1050, and ordered to pay a £105 victim surcharge along with a £775 contribution to prosecution costs and £200 in compensation to Cahill.

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