Kate’s un­cle Gary ‘must stay away from wife he punched’

Scottish Daily Mail - - Life - By Arthur Martin

THE Duchess of Cam­bridge’s un­cle is fac­ing a re­strain­ing order to keep away from his wife af­ter he ad­mit­ted knock­ing her out in a drunken brawl.

Gary Gold­smith hit Julie-Ann with a pow­er­ful left hook which sent her crash­ing on to the pave­ment af­ter the pair had spent the evening drink­ing dur­ing a char­ity auc­tion at a pri­vate mem­bers’ club, a court heard.

The mil­lion­aire busi­ness­man, who is the younger brother of Kate’s mother Ca­role Mid­dle­ton, pleaded guilty to as­sault by beat­ing. He was granted bail un­til the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing next week, with the con­di­tions he does not con­tact his wife or visit their cen­tral London home.

The move by a pros­e­cu­tor to im­pose a re­strain­ing order sug­gests the mar­riage is over, al­though Mrs Gold­smith, 47, was pho­tographed just days ago wear­ing what ap­peared to be a wed­ding ring as she walked her dogs.

De­tails of the at­tack were out­lined at West­min­ster Mag­is­trates’ Court as Gold­smith, 52, sat in the dock. Taxi driver Daniel Shep­herd told po­lice that the cou­ple be­gan ar­gu­ing on their way home from a char­ity auc­tion at Home House, a pri­vate mem­bers’ club in cen­tral London, on Oc­to­ber 13. Af­ter get­ting out of the cab, Mrs Gold­smith slapped her husband on the face and he punched her.

Mr Shep­herd said Mrs Gold­smith was ‘un­con­scious and not mov­ing’ on the ground. She re­mained with her eyes closed for about 15 sec­onds be­fore wak­ing up and stag­ger­ing to her feet.

Pros­e­cu­tor Kate Shilton said: ‘Both par­ties are drunk. [Mrs Gold­smith] can­not re­call how it hap­pened but her husband has punched her in the face with a closed fist.’

Mr Shep­herd said he con­fronted Gold­smith and said: ‘Mate, you can­not do that.’ When Gold­smith turned to­wards him in an ag­gres­sive man­ner, the taxi driver added: ‘What are you go­ing to do, start on me now?’ Mrs Gold­smith asked the driver to call po­lice and she was taken to hos­pi­tal by am­bu­lance. Pho­to­graphs of her in­juries were shown to the court re­veal­ing a bruise on her cheek, a grazed el­bow and scratches to the fin­gers on her right hand.

Gold­smith, who made a for­tune worth an es­ti­mated £30mil­lion from his re­cruit­ment busi­ness, is of­ten de­scribed as the ‘black sheep’ of Kate’s fam­ily. He was ex­posed in a tabloid news­pa­per story in 2009 in which he was shown pre­par­ing co­caine at his Ibiza villa – nick­named La Mai­son de Bang Bang – and boast­ing of his con­nec­tions with the royal fam­ily. He mar­ried Julie-Ann, his fourth wife, in 2012.

A po­lice of­fi­cer who in­ter­viewed Gold­smith said he had apol­o­gised and was ‘hum­bled by what he had done,’ the court heard.

As­sault by beat­ing car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of six months im­pris­on­ment, but chief mag­is­trate Emma Ar­buth­not said she was look­ing to im­pose a com­mu­nity order. She added: ‘I am re­ally look­ing at how to pro­tect this lady from this man. There may be al­co­hol is­sues – they were both very drunk.’

Brawl: Gary Gold­smith at court yes­ter­day

At­tack: Julie-Ann was left un­con­scious

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