A former World Cup rugby star bugged his wife's home and then threw her to the floor before attacking the man he suspected she was having an affair with, a court was told.
Mrs Danielli (pictured) told the court she was 'shocked' to see her husband 'chase after Michael' before he was 'on top of him, kicking him and punching him'
Edinburgh-born Simon Danielli, 37, is on trial in Northern Ireland accused of assaulting former model Olivia Danielli and her friend Michael Browne, and of damaging his wife's mobile phone on March 11, 2015.

Newtownards Magistrates Court heard that the retired father-of-three then drove to the marital home and ripped out recording devices he had installed.


Edinburgh-born Simon Danielli, 37, is on trial in Northern Ireland accused of assaulting Olivia Danielli and her friend Michael Browne, and of damaging his wife’s mobile phone. (The Daniellis are both pictured outside court yesterday)

Danielli, now of Holywood, County Down, who is 6ft 4in and 17 stone, played for Scotland between 2003 and 2011. 

He and his 29-year-old wife married in 2009 but split in 2014.

Prosecutors said Danielli chased after and attacked Mr Browne in the street before throwing his wife's phone away and pushing her to the ground.

Mrs Danielli told the court she was 'shocked' to see her husband 'chase after Michael' before he was 'on top of him, kicking him and punching him'.

Mrs Danielli (pictured) told the court she was 'shocked' to see her husband 'chase after Michael' before he was 'on top of him, kicking him and punching him'

She said Danielli was 'filming Michael with his phone as he was kicking him' and that when she brought her mobile out, he grabbed it from her and threw it away, smashing the screen.

Defence QC Mark Mulholland said it was 'nothing more than a scuffle' and that Mr Browne's injuries were caused when he fell while running away.

Danielli and his 29-year-old wife (both pictured) married in 2009 but split in 2014

Mr Browne told the court he was walking Mrs Danielli to her car after she visited him at his home when she said: 'There's Simon – run!' 

Mrs Danielli told the court that having made sure Michael was alright she drove home to find Danielli 'pulling wires out of the hall' which she believes were recording devices. 

Ex-Bath, Borders and Ulster winger Mr Danielli made 32 appearances for Scotland and 78 for Ulster before retiring in 2012 due to a back injury. 

Danielli denies common assault and criminal damage in relation to his estranged wife and her phone.

He admits common assault of Mr Browne but says the assault was the chase that resulted in his fall while the crown allege it amounted to the blows allegedly struck

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