Duchess Kate’s Uncle Gary Goldsmith Sentenced for Assaulting Wife Julie-Ann Goldsmith

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Gary Goldsmith attends the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St. Mark's Church in Englefield Green, England, on May 20, 2017. UK Press Pool/UK Press via Getty Images

Duchess Kate’s uncle Gary Goldsmith was sentenced on Tuesday, November 28, after admitting to assaulting his wife, Julie-Ann Goldsmith, Reuters reports.

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The 52-year-old received a 12-month community order and was ordered to attend 20 rehabilitation sessions. He was also fined $6,650.

According to Reuters, a Westminster Magistrates’ Court judge said during the sentencing that Gary behaved “like a nasty drunk” when he punched his wife unconscious during a drunken argument outside their London home on October 13. The Mirror reports that the judge also criticized Gary for his “lack of control” when he hit Julie-Ann with a “single blow, but a hard one.”

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Gary Goldsmith and Julie-Ann Goldsmith attend the U.K. premiere of ‘The Frozen Ground’ at Vue West End in London on July 17, 2013. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

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Julie-Ann reportedly slapped Gary during their argument before he hit her in the face, causing her to fall down and hit her head on the pavement of their doorstep. A taxi driver witnessed the assault. “You were not immediately remorseful at what you had donee despite your wife’s obvious distress,” Westminster Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot told Gary, according to Reuters.

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Gary previously admitted to the assault during a November 14 hearing and has since been on bail. He was a guest at the 2011 wedding of Kate, 35, and Prince William, as well as Pippa Middleton and James Matthews’ nuptials this past May.

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