A stuntman who doubled up for the queen and jumped out of a helicopter during the 2012 London Olympics has been sentenced to prison for pushing his girlfriend down the stairs.
Gary Connery, who was parachuted during the opening ceremony in a peach-colored dress with a gray wig, has been convicted by a GBH jury in a domestic violence case.
The 53-year-old was jailed for 18 months after the victim’s shoulder was ‘shattered’ after an argument at their home.
Judge Nigel Daly, who sentenced Connery at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday, said: “It is abundantly clear that you have shown absolutely no remorse for what has happened and that you accept no blame for you.”
A restraining order was also imposed, preventing him from contacting the victim indefinitely.
Connery, from Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, who has worked on films such as Indiana Jones and Johnny English Reborn, pushed his then-partner down a staircase in their home on October 24, 2020.
She suffered a broken shoulder and a cut on her head after the couple, who had been drinking wine, argued over who would turn off the lights and close a gate.
Judge Daly continued: “Obviously you were arguing late at night. You both had been drinking and it’s clear you lost your temper.
“No matter how she behaved, she didn’t deserve to be thrown down the stairs.
“Throwing someone down the stairs, as I am quite pleased with, can lead to very serious injuries. In this case it resulted in serious injuries.’
He said the “domestic context” of the incident was an “aggravating feature” as the victim became “vulnerable”.
Connery was acquitted by jurors last month of intentional grievous bodily harm but found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent.
A statement from Connery’s ex-girlfriend, read to the court by prosecutor Jonathan Stone, said: “The impact on every aspect of my life has been enormous.”
She said she felt “unsafe” returning to the house and became financially dependent on her parents.
The victim added: “I just want Gary to take responsibility for what he’s done and what he’s done to us as a family.”
Sarah O’Kane, on the defensive, said Connery had no previous convictions and was in good character before the crime happened.
Ms O’Kane said the incident, which was “impulsive, spontaneous and, perhaps more accurately, short-lived,” had an impact on Connery’s career.
The lawyer added: “This case has received a lot of publicity, which has had an impact on his work. It is a unique field of work and because of the proceeds of the verdict, his telephone no longer rings as it used to.
“This has had a huge impact on him.”
During the opening ceremony in London in 2012, the audience watched a short film by James Bond, played by Daniel Craig, who walked into Buckingham Palace, surrounded by corgis, to pick up the Queen, who was sitting at her desk.
She greeted him with the words, “Good evening, Mr Bond,” and the pair apparently boarded a helicopter that flew over London to the stadium.
Connery, as the queen, then crashed to the ground alongside fellow skydiver Mark Sutton as 007, before the monarch appeared in the arena to take his seat to cheers and applause.
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