A professional snooker player was fined and given a 12-month community order after striking and kicking a woman in Sheffield’s city center.

Liang Wenbo, 35, was seen on CCTV arguing with the woman in the early hours of July 20, last year.

Wenbo, the current world number 33, was then observed dragging the woman to the ground and continuing his assault, despite the intervention of another man.

Wenbo was filmed slamming the woman against a wall and punching her.

Wenbo pled guilty to the allegation of domestic assault by beating and was fined more than £1,380.

According to a CPS spokesman, the alarm was raised in the early hours of 20 July last year by a 999 call from a woman crying in pain.

CCTV footage from Charles Street in South Yorkshire city showed Wenbo, 35, and the victim arguing, which culminated in Wenbo repeatedly beating and kicking her.

When she could be heard screaming, she made a frightened 999 call.

The spokeswoman added: “Wenbo then dragged the woman to the floor and continued his assault, despite another man trying to intervene to stop him.

“Further footage from another CCTV camera showed Wenbo pushing the woman against a wall and throwing punches towards her.”

At a previous hearing, Wenbo, of Abingdon, Oxfordshire, pleaded guilty to assault by beating.

Jonathan Wettreich, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside’s deputy head prosecutor, stated:

“Wenbo perpetrated a sustained and deliberate assault on the female victim, late at night, leaving her in great distress.

“He has pleaded guilty and been fined £1,380 and given a community order.

“This was an evidence-led prosecution. We will always pursue domestic abuse cases where our legal tests are met.

“This type of behavior will not be tolerated and the CPS treats such cases with the utmost seriousness.”

Wenbo turned professional in 2004 and has only won one ranking championship, the 2016 English Open, according to the World Snooker website. His greatest ever world rating is number eleven.

In other news, Neil Robertson made it three victories on the spin over Ronnie O’Sullivan by winning a final frame decider to advance to the final of the Tour Championship.

O’Sullivan came into the last-four clash with an 18-11 advantage in their meetings and beat Robertson in the final of the World Grand Prix in December.

But Robertson had the upper hand at the Masters and Players Championship and produced a determined display to win in Llandudno.