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Dane Bowers avoids jail for attacking his ex-girlfriend

Dane Bowers arrives at Croydon Magistrates Court
Dane Bowers arrives at Croydon Magistrates Court

Pop star Dane Bowers has been spared jail after attacking his ex-girlfriend in a row over glitter on his face.

The former Another Level singer throttled glamour model Sophia Cahill during a "sustained attack" at his parents' home.

Bowers, 36, grabbed her by the shoulders, threw her out of a bedroom, hit her in the face, giving her a bloody nose, pulled her hair and pinned her to the bed by her throat.

District Judge Andrew Street sentenced him to 20 weeks' imprisonment suspended for 18 months at Croydon Magistrates' Court in south London.

"Miss Cahill had to attend court and relive the events of the 29th of January," he said.

"A further aggravating feature in addition to the pushing and falling to the ground was that you struck Miss Cahill in the face.

"This was a sustained assault over some period of time.

"There were clearly difficulties in the relationship but you have difficulties controlling your anger.

"This offence passes the custody threshold. I'm going to suspend that imprisonment because the impact of imprisonment would be considerable.

"There would be the impact on your reputation and no doubt that would last for a period of time."

Bowers attacked Miss Cahill, a beauty queen and former Miss Wales, in January when she quizzed him about why he had glitter on his face after he had been to a circus-themed night club.

Miss Cahill became suspicious after spotting it as she tried to wake him the following morning.

The couple had already split up but were living separately in the home they shared with his parents in Croydon.