Brother admits killing former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie
Friday 28 September 2012
The brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie, found dead in a canal, now accepts responsibility for killing her, the Old Bailey heard today.
Tony McCluskie, 35, will now face trial on the issue of whether her death was murder or manslaughter, a judge said.
McCluskie, who lived in Peter Street, Hackney, east London, with his 29-year-old sister, was due to face trial next month.
But the trial was today moved to January 14 next year, following the discovery of Miss McCluskie's head in the Regent's Canal near her home on September 9.
McCluskie, who appeared by videolink, was remanded in custody at the Old Bailey.
Miss McCluskie's headless and limbless body was discovered floating in the canal in March.
She had been missing for a week after attending the £650 million opening of the new Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London.
Miss McCluskie played Kerry Skinner in the BBC soap in 2001.
Friends launched extensive searches across east London in a bid to find her and former EastEnders co-stars Natalie Cassidy and Brooke Kinsella both appealed on Twitter for help.
BBC told new political editor must be 'impartial' with Nick Robinson reportedly stepping down
Isis propaganda video shows 25 Syrian soldiers executed by teenage militants in Palmyra
Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
- 1 BBC told new political editor must be 'impartial' with Nick Robinson reportedly stepping down
- 2 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 3 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
- 4 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
- 5 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers