Gemma McCluskie death: Brother Tony pleads guilty to manslaughter

10:47 07 December 2012

Gemma McCluskie

Gemma McCluskie

submitted by police

The brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie, whose dismembered body was found in a canal, pleaded guilty today to her manslaughter.

Tony McCluskie, 35, claims to have “suffered loss of control” leading to her death on March 1.

Prosecutors are still waiting for a medical report to establish how Miss McCluskie died.

McCluskie appeared at the Old Bailey by videolink from Belmarsh prison, and his father, Tony senior, watched from the back of the court as he was asked to enter his pleas.

Wearing a dark suit McCluskie pleaded not guilty to murder followed by a guilty plea to manslaughter.

Judge Gerald Gordon said this meant a trial on the issue of murder or manslaughter would go ahead on January 14 before Mr Justice Fulford.

An expert on amnesia is expected to be called by the defence.

Judge Gordon was told that Miss McCluskie’s body was found in the Regent’s Canal in east London in March.

A trial was due to take place last month but had to be put off because her head was discovered in September.

The judge said the trial must not be further delayed. He said: “The family must have closure.”

McCluskie lived in Peter Street, Hackney, east London, with his 29-year-old sister.

She went missing after attending the £650million opening of the new Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London.

Her limbless body was seen floating in the water a week later.

Miss McCluskie played Kerry Skinner in the BBC soap in 2001. The defendant joined friends who launched extensive searches across east London to find her. Former EastEnders co-stars Natalie Cassidy and Brooke Kinsella both appealed on Twitter for help.

Miss McCluskie’s funeral was held last week.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

As a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing trying your best to scrape through to next week, that is NOT what you want to hear.

Read more

Provided of course, you exercise some careful creativity.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

The family to which Ebola belongs could be as old as 23 million years.

The gaming industry’s answer to the Oscars has dished out its annual awards.

Potential female candidates are already being prepared for the upcoming diocese vacancies in Southwell, Nottingham, Gloucester and Oxford.

Watch the moment the Shadow Chancellor got interrupted by a daring arachnid.

Quirky London