Brother of murdered Eastenders’ star due in court

Gemma McCluskie, Pic: Metropolitan Police

The trial of the brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie, whose body was found in Regent’s Canal last year,  is due to start at the Old Bailey tomorrow.

Tony McCluskie, 35, from Pelter Street, Bethnal Green, stands accused of her murder. McCluskie pleaded guilty to manslaughter on December 7, 2012, where he claimed to have ‘suffered loss of control’ prior to the actress’s death. However, his plea was rejected.

Gemma McCluskie, 29, went missing on March 1, 2012, after attending the high profile opening of the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. Her torso was found in the canal five days later, her legs and severed head were also later discovered, causing the trial to be delayed.

The actress appeared as the character Kerry Skinner in over 30 episodes of EastEnders during 2001, alongside co-stars Natalie Cassidy and Brooke Kinsella.

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