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Duchess of Cambridge's uncle admits knocking out wife after night of drinking

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 14/11/2017 Tristan Kirk

a man wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Independent Print Limited The uncle of the Duchess of Cambridge has admitted knocking out his wife with a punch to the face after a night out drinking at a charity event. 

Gary Goldsmith, 52, assaulted wife Julie-Ann as they arrived by taxi at their central London home, having spent the evening at the exclusive Home private members’ club in Portman Square, Marylebone.

Mrs Goldsmith fell to the floor after the blow, described by the taxi driver as a “left hook”, and was knocked unconscious for several seconds.

Goldsmith appeared at Westminster magistrates court this morning to plead guilty to assault on October 13.

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Prosecutor Kate Shilton said the attack happened at around 1.20am in Wimpole Street as the couple returned home from a charity bash.

“An argument took place during the taxi ride, Mr Goldsmith began to shout at her and both parties were drunk, having been drinking throughout the evening,” she said. 

“Mrs Goldsmith said she couldn’t recall how it happened but her husband punched her in the face with a closed fist to the left side of her face.

“She was knocked straight to the floor and hit the back of her head on the floor.”

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The taxi driver, Daniel Shepherd, told police he saw Mrs Goldsmith slap her husband in the face, before he delivered a “left hook” to knock her down to the pavement.

Mr Shepherd said he rushed to the wife’s aid as she came round and called police, but Goldsmith then started to turn aggressive towards him.

The driver told him “whoa mate, you can’t do that”, and added: “Are you going to start on me now?”

Goldsmith, who is the younger brother of Carole Middleton, and was one of the guests at his niece’s wedding to Prince William in 2011, was arrested that night and admitted the attack, apologising for his actions and admitted he was “humbled”.

The businessman, who has a reported £30 million fortune after making his wealth in IT recruitment, was also a guest at Pippa Middleton’s wedding to James Matthews in May this year.

He has been dubbed the “black sheep” of the family but insisted in the past: “People like to think I’m a bad boy. I’m not really.”

Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot has said she will adjourn sentencing until a later date, for Goldsmith to be interviewed by probation officers.

The businessman, of Wimpole Street, central London, pleaded guilty to assault by beating.

Goldsmith was freed on bail until a sentencing hearing on November 21.

Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot told a probation officer who will assess him: “I’m really looking at how to protect this lady from this man in the future, so it doesn’t happen again.”

Goldsmith must not go to the central London home or contact his wife under the terms of his bail.

An application for a restraining order will also be considered at the next hearing. 

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