Former Scotland rugby player Simon Danielli is accused of assaulting wife Olivia Danielli
The ex-Scotland player is accused of assaulting model Olivia Danielli and her friend Michael Browne.
He is also accused of damaging his wife’s phone last March before returning to his marital home and ripping out recording kit he had installed.
Edinburgh-born Danielli won 32 caps before retiring in 2012. The couple wed in 2009 but separated in 2014.
I felt blows to my head and body
Mrs Danielli, 29, told Newtownards magistrates court, Northern Ireland, she was “shocked” to see her husband chase Mr Browne and then “on top of him, kicking him and punching him”.
She said her former partner was “filming Mr Browne with his phone as he was kicking him” and when she brought her mobile out he threw it away and pushed her to the ground.
Defence QC Mark Mulholland said it was “nothing more than a scuffle” and Mr Browne’s injuries were caused when he fell over trying to run away.
The court heart Danielli bugged his wife's home
Mr Browne told the court he was walking Mrs Danielli to her car after she had visited him at his home. He added that Mrs Danielli then shouted “there’s Simon – run” before the alleged attack happened.
He said: “I tripped and fell over. I felt blows to my head and body.”
Mr Browne agreed he knew Danielli “suspected there was something going on” between him and his wife. Mrs Danielli said after the attack she drove home to find Danielli “pulling wires out of the hall” which she believes were recording devices.
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The ex-Bath and Ulster winger, now of Holywood, County Down, denies common assault and criminal damage.
The court also heard Mr Danielli had his assets frozen
He admits common assault of Mr Browne but says the assault was the chase that resulted in his fall while the Crown alleges it amounted to the blows allegedly struck.
The court also heard Mr Danielli had his assets frozen and was questioned over allegations he stole £250,000 from his wife’s bank account.
Mr Mulholland said Mr Danielli’s assets have since been unfrozen and “the police have said he is no longer a suspect”.
The case continues.