Duchess’s un­cle hit wife ‘af­ter coke row’

Manawatu Standard - - World -

BRI­TAIN: The Duchess of Cam­bridge’s un­cle at­tacked his wife af­ter a row dur­ing which she ac­cused him of tak­ing co­caine, it was re­vealed yes­ter­day af­ter he pleaded guilty to as­sault.

Gary Gold­smith, the younger brother of the duchess’s mother, Ca­role Mid­dle­ton, punched wife Julie-ann, leav­ing her un­con­scious on the pave­ment out­side their home, af­ter they had re­turned by taxi from a char­ity auc­tion at a pri­vate mem­bers’ club in cen­tral Lon­don last month, West­min­ster mag­is­trates’ court was told.

The taxi driver who wit­nessed the at­tack has de­scribed how the cou­ple were ar­gu­ing. Daniel Shep­herd told The Times: ‘‘She was ac­cus­ing him of sniff­ing loads of co­caine.‘‘

He said Julie-ann Gold­smith ver­bally abused her hus­band, then slapped him when he went over to her while she was try­ing to open the front door of their home.

‘‘He turned around with an almighty left hook in the face. She seemed to be un­con­scious on the ground,’’ Shep­herd said.

‘‘It ended in to­tal may­hem. I have re­strained a mem­ber of the royal fam­ily - 200 years ago, I’d have been be­headed for that.’’

A po­lice of­fi­cer who in­ter­viewed Gary Gold­smith said he had apol­o­gised.

Gold­smith, who made a for­tune from a re­cruit­ment busi­ness, was caught pre­par­ing co­caine at his villa in Ibiza and boast­ing of his con­nec­tions with the royal fam­ily by a tabloid news­pa­per in 2009.

– The Times

Gary Gold­smith

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