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Kate's uncle pleads guilty to punching wife in the face

15 November 2017

The Duchess of Cambridge's uncle, Gary Goldsmith, pleaded guilty today to assaulting his wife during a drunken row outside their home.

Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said: 'I am excluding custody and looking at a community order.

Westminster Magistrates' Court heard the pair had argued in the back of a taxi before he threw a "left hook".

Prosecutor Kate Shilton told the court the couple's taxi driver saw Mrs Goldsmith slap her husband in the face before he retaliated as they got home after a charity event.

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In a report from The Evening Standard, the publication alleges the incident took place on the 13th of October and the prosecutor of the case, Kate Shilton, described the altercation in detail. They are both out, and [the driver] has described having seen Mrs. Goldsmith slapping her husband in the face. He then describes how Mr Goldsmith punches her hard in the face using a left hook'. "She was saying how George likes helicopters, she was saying about the top floor of the Science Museum where the helicopters are".

When Shepherd then challenged Goldsmith over his actions, he became aggressive towards the taxi driver, it was said.

The Duchess of Cambridge's uncle Gary Goldsmith arrives at court before pleading guilty to an assault by beating charge. He is the younger brother of Carole Middleton and was one of the guests at his niece's wedding to Prince William in 2011.

He has been dubbed the "black sheep" of the family but has insisted: "People like to think I'm a bad boy".

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At the police station, Goldsmith denied punching his wife, claiming he had pushed her hard with his left hand, but was apologetic for his actions, the court heard. Under the terms of his bail, he must not go to his Marylebone home or contact his wife.

Goldsmith was exposed in a tabloid newspaper story in 2009 in which he was shown apparently preparing cocaine at his villa in Ibiza and boasting of his connections with the royal family.

Julie-Ann is his fourth wife. The couple married in 2012. She said: "She was asking about what Jacob liked and he said he liked aeroplanes and she was asking if he'd seen a Spitfire and we said we liked going to the Science Museum and RAF museum".

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Kate's uncle pleads guilty to punching wife in the face