Duchess’s un­cle punched wife

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY NINA MASSEY

THE Duchess of Cam­bridge’s un­cle has ad­mit­ted hit­ting his wife in the face and knock­ing her to the ground af­ter a drunken ar­gu­ment on the way home from a char­ity event.

Gary Gold­smith (52) used a closed fist to at­tack Julie-Ann Gold­smith out­side their home in Wim­pole Street, cen­tral London, at around 1.20am on Oc­to­ber 13 this year.

He ap­peared at West­min­ster Mag­is­trates’ Court on Tues­day and pleaded guilty to one count of as­sault by beat­ing.

Pros­e­cu­tor Kate Shilton told the court Mrs Gold­smith fell down af­ter her husband threw what was de­scribed by their taxi driver, Daniel Shep­herd, as a “left hook”. She said: “The ar­gu­ment took place in the back of a taxi. They both got out of the taxi and he (Mr Shep­herd) de­scribes Mrs Gold­smith slap­ping her husband to the face.

“He then de­scribes how Mr Gold­smith punches her hard in the face us­ing a left hook. Mrs Gold­smith has then fallen back­wards.

“He says, ‘She ap­pears to be un­con­scious, she isn’t mov­ing’.”

Mrs Gold­smith was knocked to the ground, where she re­mained with her eyes closed for around 15 sec­onds be­fore wak­ing up and stag­ger­ing to her feet, the court heard.

Ms Shilton said: “She (Mrs Gold­smith) then be­comes up­set, starts cry­ing and uses some rail­ings to as­sist her.”

The court was told that, when Gary Gold­smith leaves court yes­ter­day the taxi driver chal­lenged Gold­smith over his ac­tions, he then be­came ag­gres­sive to­wards him.

Mrs Gold­smith asked Mr Shep­herd to call the po­lice.

At the po­lice sta­tion, Gold­smith told of­fi­cers he had pushed his wife hard with his left hand, but de­nied us­ing a hook.

The court heard that he was apolo­getic for his ac­tions.

Gold­smith is due to be sen­tenced at the same court on Novem­ber 21.

Chief Mag­is­trate Emma Ar­buth­not said: “I am ex­clud­ing cus­tody and look­ing at a com­mu­nity order. But I am re­ally look­ing at how to pro­tect this lady from this man.”

Gold­smith is the younger brother of Ca­role Mid­dle­ton, and at­tended the wed­dings of both Kate and Pippa.

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