Kate Middleton's Uncle Sentenced for Assault on Wife: He Acted 'Like a Nasty Drunk,' Says Judge

Gary Goldsmith was handed a 12-month community order and ordered to attend 20 rehabilitation sessions at a London court hearing on Tuesday

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Kate Middleton’s uncle Gary Goldsmith acted “like a nasty drunk” when he punched his wife unconscious, a London judge said during Goldsmith’s sentencing in court Tuesday.

The judge added that he also displayed a “lack of control” when he hit his wife with a “single blow, but a hard one,” according to the Mirror.

Goldsmith, 52, younger brother of Princess Kate’s mother Carole Middleton, punched his wife, Julie-Ann Goldsmith, 47, outside their central London home on Oct. 13 following a drunken evening at a nearby private member’s club.

He admitted to the assault during a hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court on Nov. 14 and has since been on bail. On Tuesday morning he received a 12-month community order and was ordered to attend 20 rehabilitation sessions, reports the Mirror. Goldsmith was also fined $6,600 and ordered to pay court costs.

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“Mr. Goldsmith began to shout at her and both parties were drunk, having been drinking throughout the evening,” prosecutor Kate Shilton said of the assault during the original trail, reports the London Evening Standard.

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

Taxi driver, Daniel Shepherd, who drove the couple home from a charity event, also told police that he saw Julie-Ann slap her husband and that Goldsmith responded with a “left hook” that knocked her to the floor.

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Goldsmith was a guest at the 2011 wedding of Kate and Prince William and the May 2017 nuptials of his other niece, Pippa Middleton — where newly-engaged Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were also guests.

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