Duchess of Cambridge's uncle admits punching wife in face


He's been described as the black sheep of the Middleton family, and the Duchess of Cambridge's uncle Gary Goldsmith has become embroiled in scandal again after facing court over a shocking domestic violence incident with his wife.

Gary is the younger brother of Carole Middleton, and had earlier that night posted a picture of himself with fourth wife Julie-Ann that night after bidding on a bucket list trip to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Gary Goldsmith, 52, struck Julie-Ann Goldsmith, 47, with a "left hook" following a night at a private members' club in central London. An altercation recalled by the prosecutor Kate Shilton, as stated in the Daily Mail, during the trial, which was held today: "The dispute started at the back of the taxi".

"Both parties are drunk, they had been drinking through..." He said: "She seems to be unconscious, it does not move". When the taxi driver confronted Gary, he became irate, and Julie-Ann told the driver to call the cops.

After the attack, Goldsmith was described as "panicked and walking in and out of the house, trying to get her to go back in the house".

On the same day the police took Gary to the police station, the Duchess visited a group of children at the Hornsey Road Children's Centre in London, where a six-year-old girl gave her a bouquet of flowers.

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The couple had been at a charity auction at Home House in Portman Square, Marylebone before they clashed.

Mrs Goldsmith remained on the floor with eyes closed for about 15 seconds before she woke and staggered to her feet and crying, the court heard.

Goldsmith pleaded guilty to one count of assault by beating.

Ahead of sentencing, which will take place on 21 November, chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said she was "excluding custody and looking at a community order". "I'm not really. I've had my moments - I'm not totally innocent - but am I disliked by my family?"

She left him amid a reported row over his drug use and he later met and married Julie-Ann.