The Queen’s Olympic stunt was jailed for pushing her boyfriend down the stairs

The Queen’s Olympic stunt was jailed for pushing her boyfriend down the stairs

The Queen's Olympic stunt was jailed for pushing her boyfriend down the stairs

Gary Connery (right) has been jailed for 18 months (Image: Keith Waldegrave/Getty)

A stuntman who doubled for the Queen and jumped from a helicopter at the London 2012 Olympics has been jailed for pushing his girlfriend down the stairs.

Gary Connery, who parachuted into the opening ceremony wearing a peach dress with a gray wig, was convicted by a jury of GBH in a domestic violence case.

The 53-year-old was jailed for 18 months after the victim’s shoulder was “smashed” 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, who has worked on films including Indiana Jones and Johnny English Reborn, pushed his then-partner down a flight of stairs at their home on October 24, 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.

Gary Connery prepares for his dramatic arrival (Image: Keith Waldegrave)

Gary Connery and Mark Sutton parachute into the stadium as part of a short James Bond film with Daniel Craig and the Queen during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London, England.  Mark Sutton died after crashing into a mountain ridge while flying his wingsuit with friends in Switzerland near the French border LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: (Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Gary Connery and Mark Sutton parachute into the stadium as part of a short James Bond film with Daniel Craig and The Queen (Image: Getty)

Judge Daly continued: “It is clear 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, could 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 was last month acquitted by jurors of grievous bodily harm with intent, but found guilty of causing 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” to return 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 for what he’s put us through as a family.”

Hyde News & Pictures Ltd.  16/08/2022 *************** File Picture *************** A skydiver who jumped out of a plane dressed as the Queen during the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics was jailed after attacking his girlfriend.  World-renowned stuntman Gary Connery, 53, was last month convicted of grievous bodily harm after he pushed his partner down the stairs at their home in Henley on Thames, Oxon, in October 2020. He was sentenced to 18 months after sentencing.  at Oxford Crown Court today (Tuesday).  View copy HNPgary Copyright INS News Ltd Agency 13/04/2012 *****PICTURE BY LEE SANDERS***** Stuntman Gary Connery, 42, from Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire prepares to jump from a helicopter at a height of 2,400 feet (730m) - without the use of a parachute.  He will attempt the stunt next month (May), weather permitting, wearing a specially designed wing suit.  Gary will jump over Ridge Wood in Buckinghamshire and land in an area containing a stack of 18,600 cardboard boxes.  No one has tried this before, but I will.

Gary Connery found guilty of GBH without intent (Image: Lee Sanders/INS News Agency)

Hyde News & Pictures Ltd.  16/08/2022 *************** File Picture *************** A skydiver who jumped out of a plane dressed as the Queen during the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics was jailed after attacking his girlfriend.  World-renowned stuntman Gary Connery, 53, was last month convicted of grievous bodily harm after he pushed his partner down the stairs at their home in Henley on Thames, Oxon, in October 2020. He was sentenced to 18 months after sentencing.  at Oxford Crown Court today (Tuesday).  View copy HNPgary Copyright INS News Ltd Agency 13/04/2012 *****PICTURE BY LEE SANDERS***** Stuntman Gary Connery, 42, from Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire prepares to jump from a helicopter at a height of 2,400 feet (730m) - without the use of a parachute.  He will attempt the stunt next month (May), weather permitting, wearing a specially designed wing suit.  Gary will jump over Ridge Wood in Buckinghamshire and land in an area containing a stack of 18,600 cardboard boxes.  No one has tried this before, but I will.

Connery is a world-renowned stuntman (Image: Lee Sanders/INS News Agency)

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.

The barrister added: “This case has attracted a lot of publicity which has had an impact on his work. It’s a unique field of work, and as a result of the proceeds from the judgment, the phone isn’t ringing like it once was.

“This has had a huge impact on him.”

During the opening ceremony in London in 2012, the audience saw a short film of James Bond, played by 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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