Duchess of Cambridge’s uncle admits punching wife after taxi row
THE UNCLE of the Duchess of Cambridge yesterday admitted punching his wife during a row in the street. A court heard he struck her with a left hook, knocking her to the ground. Gary Goldsmith, 52, pleaded guilty to assault by beating at Westminster magistrates court and will be sentenced later this month. The charge carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail but he expected to be given a community service order. Goldsmith, a multi-millionaire who is the younger brother of Kate Middleton’s mother Carole, attacked wife Julie-Ann, 47, after an argument in the back of a taxi following a charity event, the court heard. Prosecutor Kate Shilton said when the couple got out of the vehicle at their home near Oxford Street in central London, Mrs Goldsmith slapped her husband. He retaliated with what was described by their taxi driver, Daniel Shepherd, as a “left hook” and she fell down. A witness said Mrs Goldsmith appeared unconscious” and had her eyes closed for about 15 seconds before getting up and staggering to her feet. Ms Shilton said: “She then becomes upset, starts crying and uses some railings to assist her.”
After the fight at around 1.20am on October 13, Goldsmith was described as “panicked and walking in and out of the house, trying to get her to go back in.”
The court was told that when Mr Shepherd challenged Goldsmith he again became aggressive and Mrs Goldsmith asked the taxi driver to call the police.
At a police station, Goldsmith told officers he had pushed his wife hard with his left hand but denied using a hook punch.
Magistrates heard that he was apologetic for his actions.
Goldsmith, who attended court yesterday in a blue suit, red tie, and heavy blackrimmed glasses, will be sentenced at the same court on November 21. He was given bail.
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 wedding of Kate Middleton to Prince William and the wedding of her sister Pippa, at which the Duchess and the Prince were guests.
He was brought up with Carole in Southall, west London. Their mother worked in a shop and also did accounts, while their father was a painter and decorator. A self-made millionaire, Goldsmith made his fortune from sports management and IT recruitment and was at one stage estimated to be worth £30million.
Julie-Ann is his fourth wife. He married sales executive Miranda Foote in 1991, then a second wife Luan, with whom he had a daughter, Tallulah, in 1997.
After he and Luan divorced, he married Julia Leake following a whirlwind romance.
She left him and he later met and married Julie-Ann in 2012.
In 2005, he sold his shares in firm Computer Futures for £17million and bought a villa in Ibiza. He called it “La Maison de Bang Bang” and in 2006 Kate and Prince William holidayed there as his guests while they were still single.
Goldsmith once described the differences between himself and his sister by saying: “I’m the City yuppie and she’s the country girl.
“While I was driving a Lotus Esprit in my Gucci shoes, she had an Alfa and wore Hunter wellies.
“I used to call her the ‘original Sloane Ranger’ while she called me a ‘tearaway’ or ‘scamp’. I’m a Thatcher child. I’m Captain Ambitious.”
Millionaire Gary Goldsmith floored fourth wife Julie-Ann with a left hook
Gary Goldsmith arrives at court yesterday
Wife Julie-Ann was knocked to the ground