Duchess’s un­cle knocked wife un­con­scious with left hook

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Patrick Sawer

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

Gary Gold­smith, 52, struck his wife, Julie-ann, out­side their home in Maryle­bone, cen­tral London.

A taxi driver who had taken the pair home de­scribed how Mrs Gold­smith fell to the floor af­ter her husband threw a “left hook” at her. Gold­smith – who at­tended the wed­ding of Cather­ine and Wil­liam, the Duke and Duchess, in 2011 – pleaded guilty at West­min­ster mag­is­trates’ court yes­ter­day to one count of as­sault by beat­ing. He has been banned from re­turn­ing home and is likely to be made the sub­ject of a re­strain­ing order pre­vent­ing him from go­ing near his es­tranged wife.

Kate Shilton, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court how Daniel Shep­herd, the taxi driver, had wit­nessed the at­tack on Oct 13 this year. She said: “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’.”

Af­ter be­ing knocked to the ground, Mrs Gold­smith, 47, lay with her eyes closed for around 15 sec­onds be­fore re­gain­ing con­scious­ness and stag­ger­ing to her feet cry­ing, the court heard. Af­ter the in­ci­dent, Gold­smith was de­scribed as “pan­icked and walk­ing in and out of the house, try­ing to get her to go back in the house”. Mrs Gold­smith then asked Mr Shep­herd to call the po­lice. Gold­smith told of­fi­cers he had pushed his wife hard with his left hand, but de­nied throw­ing a punch. Ap­pear­ing in court, Gold­smith spoke to con­firm his per­sonal de­tails be­fore en­ter­ing his plea. Shortly be­fore the in­ci­dent, the cou­ple had posted pic­tures of them­selves smil­ing at a char­ity auc­tion for the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foun­da­tion at Home House, a pri­vate mem­bers’ club in cen­tral London.

The court heard that Gold­smith, the younger brother of the Duchess’s mother, Ca­role Mid­dle­ton, was apolo­getic for his ac­tions and was de­scribed by po­lice as hum­bled by what he had done. He will be sen­tenced next Tues­day.

Emma Ar­buth­not, the chief mag­is­trate, 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. There may be al­co­hol is­sues I don’t know. They were both very drunk.”

The court heard that prose­cu­tors are to ap­ply for a re­strain­ing order. Gold­smith was granted bail, with the con­di­tions he does not con­tact his wife, or visit their ad­dress.

His be­hav­iour and some­times colour­ful life­style have proved to be em­bar­rass­ing for the royal fam­ily on more than one oc­ca­sion.

He was the sub­ject of an ex­posé by The News of the World in 2009, in which he was shown ap­par­ently pre­par­ing co­caine at his villa Mai­son de Bang Bang in Ibiza and boast­ing of his con­nec­tions with the Royal fam­ily. He was never charged with any of­fence.

Mr Gold­smith made his for­tune from sports man­age­ment and IT re­cruit­ment and was at one stage es­ti­mated to be worth £30mil­lion.

Gary Gold­smith at West­min­ster mag­is­trates’ court yes­ter­day, above, and with his wife, Julie-ann, far left. Left, Gold­smith’s niece, the Duchess of Cam­bridge

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