Wales

Sophia Cahill 'did not think Ian Gough assault on her would be taken seriously'

Ian Gough, assault appeal Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Ian Gough played rugby 64 times for Wales

Glamour model Sophia Cahill has told a court she thought police would not take an assault on her by former Wales rugby star Ian Gough seriously.

Gough, who was found guilty of assault in July 2014, is appealing against the conviction at Croydon Crown Court.

Miss Cahill, who made a statement to police five days after the incident on 5 January that year, said she was worried about being seen as over the top.

Gough has always denied attacking her.

The 38-year-old from Swansea was ordered to pay £2,100 after he was found to have shoved Ms Cahill, his ex-partner and a former Miss Wales, into a camper van door.

Gough is also appealing against that sentence.

Miss Cahill was accused in court of trying to back out of making allegations against Gough after it emerged she told police they were not required - having already called for assistance.

'Pack of lies'

The 31-year-old declined to make a statement immediately after the incident, saying she needed time to think about whether to take the assault allegation forward.

Miss Cahill suffered no physical injuries during the alleged assault and declined a medical examination.

"I thought the police wouldn't view it as something that was wrong," she told the court.

"It wasn't until afterwards when I was thinking about it that what he did was wrong, even though he didn't punch me in the face or have me by the throat.

"Initially I thought the police would think 'oh come on, it was just a shove, don't be over the top'."

But John Rees, representing Gough, suggested Miss Cahill had tried to withdraw the allegation because she was telling "a pack of lies".

Mr Rees said: "Having decided to tell a lie and report it, you then had second thoughts because you realised how serious it would be to tell a lie.

"You rang the police back to say 'I don't need you'.

"You tried to get out of it but the police said 'this is a domestic violence incident and we are going to investigate it'."

Gough claims Ms Cahill made up allegations about the alleged assault because he had made a statement outlining his criticisms of her parenting skills the day before.

On the first day of his appeal he claimed Ms Cahill was a "manipulative liar".

He claims she became aggressive when he offered to get their son out of his vehicle.

The disputed incident occurred at Ms Cahill's south London home days after she became engaged to pop star Dane Bowers.

Bowers is due to give evidence during the appeal hearing.

The case continues.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites