A judge said Goldsmith, 52, acted “like a nasty drunk” and showed no immediate remorse, but he was today told he would not be sent to prison for punching Julie-Ann Goldsmith, with what was previously described as a powerful “left hook”.
Goldsmith was handed a 12-month community order and told to undergo 20 rehabilitation sessions to “challenge [his] attitude to this offence”.
He was also fined £5,000 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170 and legal costs of £85.
An application for a restraining order on Goldsmith – who is the younger brother of Catherine’s mother Carole Middleton – was dropped by the CPS.
In a victim impact statement read to the court, Mrs Goldsmith said: “I am suffering with panic attacks, I am not going out, only to work, food shopping and to walk my dogs.
“I find it very hard to face people and I am a prisoner in my own home.”
Jane Humphryes, QC, defending Goldsmith, claimed the couple were both drunk after attending a charity event, and admitted her client was “bitterly ashamed” of the incident.
She said: “The defendant himself had been on one of his six-week charity diets with limited food and no alcohol.
“The defendant has no previous convictions – it is a single blow case with provocation as a result of a big argument.
“And the defendant accepted that he momentarily lost control when he struck out much to his guilt and shame.
“He is exceedingly remorseful – he is devastated by the events of the evening and all the more so that it involved his wife to whom he is devoted.”
He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court earlier this month and pleaded guilty to one count of assault by beating.
Prosecutor Kate Shilton told the court Mrs Goldsmith fell down after her husband threw what was described by their taxi driver, Daniel Shepherd, as a “left hook”.
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