Queen’s stunt double from London 2012 Olympics jailed for pushing boyfriend down stairs |  UK News

Queen’s stunt double from London 2012 Olympics jailed for pushing boyfriend down stairs | UK News

A stuntman who jumped from a helicopter while doubling for the Queen at the London 2012 Olympics has been jailed for pushing his ex-girlfriend down a flight of stairs.

Gary Connery, who was dressed like the monarch when he parachuted into the opening ceremony, he was convicted by a jury of grievous bodily harm in a domestic violence case.

The 53-year-old was sentenced to 18 months after the victim’s shoulder was “broken” following an argument at their home.

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

A restraining order was also imposed preventing him from contacting the victim indefinitely.

Connery, from Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, pushed his then-partner down a flight of stairs at their home on 24 October 2020.

She suffered both a broken shoulder and a cut to the head after the couple, who had been drinking wine, argued over who should turn off a light and close a gate.

Judge Daly continued: “It is clear that you had a late night argument. You had both been drinking and it is clear that you lost your temper.

“The way she behaved, she didn’t deserve to be thrown down stairs.

“Throwing someone down the stairs, which I’m quite happy you did, can result in extremely serious injuries. In this case, it resulted in injuries that were serious.”

He said the “domestic context” of the incident was an “aggravating feature” as it left the victim “vulnerable”.

Connery, who has worked as a stuntman on films including Indiana Jones and Johnny English Reborn, was last month cleared by jurors of grievous bodily harm with intent but found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm without intent.

A victim impact 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” to return to the house and became financially dependent on her parents.

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, said Connery had no previous convictions and had been of good character before the offending.

O’Kane said the incident, which was “impulsive, spontaneous and perhaps more appropriately, short-lived” has had an impact on Connery’s career.

She continued, “The phone doesn’t ring like it used to.”

During the opening ceremony in London in 2012, the audience saw a short film of James Bond, played by Hollywood actor Daniel Craig, entering 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 which flew over London to the stadium.

Connery, as the Queen, then jumped to the ground alongside skydiver Mark Sutton as 007, before the monarch appeared in the arena to sit down to cheers and applause.

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