Duchess of Cam­bridge’s un­cle ad­mits punch­ing wife af­ter taxi row

Daily Express - - FRONT PAGE - By John Chap­man

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.”

Ag­gres­sive

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

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