THE DUCHESS of Cambridge's uncle has admitted punching his wife to the ground in a drunken 1am street row.
Gary Goldsmith, 52, attacked Julie-Ann Goldsmith outside their home in Wimpole Street, central London, at around 1.20am on October 13, this year.
Goldsmith, who appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court today, admitted a charge of assault by beating.
It carries a maximum penalty of six months' imprisonment, however he was told he would not face a custodial sentence.
Goldsmith is the younger brother of Carole Middleton, and attended the weddings of both Kate and Pippa.
He was brought up with his sister in Southall, west London. Their mother worked in a shop and also did accounts, while their father was a painter and decorator.
He will be sentenced at a later date.
Prosecutor Kate Shilton told the court today that Mrs Goldsmith fell down after her husband threw what was described by their taxi driver, Daniel Shepherd, as a "left hook".
She said: "The argument took place in the back of a taxi.
"They both got out of the taxi and he (Mr Shepherd) describes Mrs Goldsmith slapping her husband to the face.
"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: "She (Mrs Goldsmith) then becomes upset, starts crying and uses some railings to assist her."
After the incident, Goldsmith was described as "panicked and walking in and out of the house, trying to get her to go back in the house".
The court was told that, when the taxi driver challenged Goldsmith over his actions, he then became aggressive towards him.
Mrs Goldsmith asked Mr Shepherd, who said the pair both appeared to have been drinking, 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.
Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said: "I am excluding custody and looking at a community order.
"But I am really looking at how to protect this lady from this man."
The self-made millionaire was brought up in a council estate in Hounslow, west London, and had initially worked as an IT operator before becoming an entrepreneur.
His father was a painter and decorator from west London and his grandfather worked as a miner in Durham.
When his sister Carole left school she went on to work for British Airways, and Goldsmith was an usher at her wedding when he was 15 years old.
Goldsmith married his first wife Miranda Foote in 1991 and reportedly bought a luxury five-bedroom house in Maidenhead, Berkshire complete with a pool.
When that marriage broke down he married again six years later to Luan.
In 2005, he sold his shares in Computer Futures for £17million and bought a villa in Ibiza and called it "La Maison de Bang Bang". He married Julie-Ann in 2012.
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