THE Duchess of Cambridge’s uncle hit his wife in the face and knocked her to the ground after a drunken argument on the way home from a charity event, a court has heard.
Gary Goldsmith, 52, has admitted to using a closed fist to attack Julie-Ann Goldsmith outside their home in central London, at around 1.20am on October 13 this year.
A taxi driver who took the pair home described how Mrs Goldsmith fell to the floor after he threw a ‘left hook’ at her.
Goldsmith — who attended the wedding of Prince William and Kate in 2011 — pleaded guilty to one count of assault by beating at Westminster Magistrates’ Court
Prosecutor Kate Shilton told the court the argument started in the back of the taxi before it escalated.
‘They both got out of the taxi and he (Mr Shepherd) describes Mrs Goldsmith slapping her husband to the face,’ she said.
‘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”.’
Mrs Goldsmith was knocked to the ground, where she remained with her eyes closed for around 15 seconds before waking up and staggering to her feet, the court heard.
Ms Shilton said Goldsmith appeared to be ‘panicked’ and when the taxi driver challenged him over his actions, he became aggressive.
Mrs Goldsmith asked Mr Shepherd to call the police.
At the police station, Goldsmith told officers he had pushed his wife hard with his left hand, but denied using a hook.
The court heard that he was apologetic for his actions.
Goldsmith will be sentenced at the same court on November 21.