Kate Middleton's Uncle Gary Goldsmith Admits to Punching Wife in the Face

Joann Johnston
November 15, 2017

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

Goldsmith - the younger brother of Carole Middleton, the duchess' mother, and a guest at Kate's 2011 wedding to Prince William - appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court to admit one count of assault by beating.

The couple's taxi driver, Daniel Shepherd, told police that he saw Julie-Ann, 47, slap her husband.

The Duchess of Cambridge's uncle Gary Goldsmith arrives at court before pleading guilty to an assault by beating charge.

She said: 'The argument took place in the back of a taxi.

The newspaper reported that prosecutor Kate Shilton said of the October incident, "Mr. Goldsmith began to shout at her and both parties were drunk, having been drinking throughout the evening". "We always say that this goes across social class, we reach all sorts of parents and it is actually to do with being a parent and she can relate to that".

After losing consciousness for around 15 seconds, Shilton said Julie-Anne Shilton became "upset, starts crying and uses some railings to assist her".

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The court was told that, when the taxi driver challenged Goldsmith over his actions, he then became aggressive towards him.

Goldsmith reacted by delivering a "left hook" that knocked her unconscious for several seconds.

The woman was brought to the hospital and was later discharged, the court heard.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of six months' imprisonment but it is believed he will instead be forced to complete a period of community service.

Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said: "There was a request from the defence that came in to the court for a two week adjournment so that a caution could be looked at".

"But I am really looking at how to protect this lady from this man", she said. Their mother worked in a shop and also did accounts, while their father was a painter and decorator.

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