A stuntman who jumped from a helicopter while doubling for the Queen at the 2012 London Olympics has been jailed for pushing his former girlfriend down a flight of stairs.
Gary Connery, who was dressed as a monarch while parachuting during the opening ceremony, was found guilty 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 ‘smashed’ following an argument at his home.
Judge Nigel Daly, who sentenced Connery at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday, said: “It is quite clear that you have shown no remorse for what happened and accept no wrongdoing on your behalf. “
A restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim indefinitely was also issued.
Connery, from Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, pushed his then-partner down a flight of stairs at their home on October 24, 2020.
She suffered a broken shoulder as well as a cut on her head, after the couple, who had been drinking wine, argued over who would turn off a light and close a door.
Judge Daly continued: “It’s clear you got into a fight late at night. You were both drunk and it’s clear you got angry.
“However she behaved, she didn’t deserve to be thrown down the stairs.
“Throwing someone down the stairs, as I’m quite sure you did, can lead to extremely serious injury. In this case, it resulted in serious injury.”
He said the “domestic context” of the incident was an “aggravating feature” as it made the victim “vulnerable”.
Connery, who worked as a stuntman on films including Indiana Jones and Johnny English Reborn, was cleared by jurors last month of grievous bodily harm with intent but convicted of causing grievous bodily harm without intent.
A victim impact statement from Connery’s ex-girlfriend, read in court by prosecutor Jonathan Stone, said: “The impact on all aspects of my life has been enormous.”
She said she felt “insecure” to return home and had become financially dependent on her parents.
She added, “I just want Gary to take responsibility for what he’s done and what he’s put us through as a family.”
Sarah O’Kane, defending, said Connery had no prior convictions and had been of good character before the offense occurred.
Ms O’Kane said the incident, which was “impulsive, spontaneous and, perhaps more appropriately, short-lived”, impacted Connery’s career.
She continued, “The phone doesn’t ring like it used to.”
At the London 2012 opening ceremony, the public watched a short film of James Bond, played by Hollywood actor Daniel Craig, entering Buckingham Palace, surrounded by corgis, to retrieve the Queen, who was seated at her office.
She greeted him with the words “Good evening, Mr Bond”, and the couple apparently boarded a helicopter which flew over London to the stadium.
Connery, as Queen, then parachuted to the ground alongside fellow skydiver Mark Sutton as 007, before the monarch appeared in the arena to take her place to cheers and applause.