‘Queen’ stuntman jailed for pushing partner down stairs

A stuntman who jumped from a helicopter whereas doubling for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth on the London Olympics has been jailed for pushing his former girlfriend down some stairs.

Gary Connery, who parachuted into the 2012 opening ceremony dressed because the monarch, was convicted by a jury of grievous bodily hurt in a case of home violence.

The 53-year-old was sentenced to 18 months after the sufferer’s shoulder was “shattered” following an argument at their dwelling.

Judge Nigel Daly, sentencing Connery at Oxford Crown Court, mentioned: “It is abundantly clear that you have shown absolutely no remorse for what happened and accept no fault on your behalf.”

A restraining order stopping him from contacting the sufferer indefinitely was additionally imposed.

Connery, from Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, who has labored on movies together with Indiana Jones and Johnny English Reborn, pushed his then-partner down a flight of stairs at their dwelling on 24 October 2020.

She suffered a damaged shoulder in addition to a reduce to her head, after the couple, who had been ingesting wine, had a row about who would flip off a light-weight and shut a gate.

Judge Daly went on: “It is obvious that you just had an argument late at evening. You’d each been ingesting and it’s clear that you just misplaced your mood.

“However she was behaving, she didn’t should be thrown down stairs.

“Throwing somebody down the stairs, as I am quite satisfied you did, can result in extremely serious injuries. In this case it resulted in injuries which were serious.”

He mentioned the “domestic context” of the incident was an “aggravating feature” because it left the sufferer “vulnerable”.

Victim felt unsafe in her personal home

Connery was cleared by jurors final month of grievous bodily hurt with intent, however discovered responsible of inflicting grievous bodily hurt with out intent.

A sufferer assertion by Connery’s ex-girlfriend, learn out to the courtroom by prosecutor Jonathan Stone, mentioned: “The impact on every aspect of my life has been enormous.”

She mentioned she felt “unsafe” to return to the home and have become financially reliant on her mother and father.

She added: “I just want Gary to take responsibility for what he’s done and for what he’s put us through as a family.”

Sarah O’Kane, defending, mentioned Connery had no earlier convictions and had been of excellent character earlier than the offence occurred.

Ms O’Kane mentioned the incident, which was “impulsive, spontaneous and, perhaps more appropriately, short-lived” has had an influence on Connery’s profession.

She went on: “The phone isn’t ringing the way it once was.”

During the London 2012 opening ceremony, audiences watched a brief movie of James Bond, performed by Daniel Craig, strolling into Buckingham Palace, surrounded by corgis, to select up the Queen, who was sitting at her writing desk.

She greeted him with the phrases “Good evening, Mr Bond”, and the pair apparently boarded a helicopter which flew throughout London to the stadium.

Connery, because the Queen, then parachuted down to the bottom alongside fellow skydiver Mark Sutton as 007, earlier than the monarch appeared within the enviornment to take her seat to cheers and applause.

based mostly on web site supplies www.rte.ie

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