Former Another Level singer Dane Bower has been spared jail after being convicted of assaulting his girlfriend, after the court heard the case damaged his career.
Bowers, 36, who began his career as lead singer of 90’s pop group Another Level was found guilty last month of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, former Miss Wales Sophia Cahill, his parent’s Croydon home where they both lived.
At Croydon magistrates court on Monday, Bowers was given a 20-week custodial sentence, suspended for 18-months, after Judge Andrew Street said that a custodial sentence would have a considerable impact on Bowers’ career.
“There would be the impact on your reputation and no doubt that would last for a period of time,” the judge said.
Bower’s lawyer, John Blanford, said Bowers had lost “a number of lucrative contracts” as a result of the case.
The original trial heard that the assault began after Cahill questioned Bowers about glitter that remained on his face from a party the night before, and consisted of Bowers throwing Cahill out of a bedroom, pulling her hair, squeezing her throat, and giving her a bloody nose.
Cahill claimed that she suffered from panic attacks and insomnia as a result of the attack, and that it contributed to her miscarriage in March of this year, although Bower’s defence claimed this was “an exaggeration.”