The father of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie walked out of court today during a description of what happened to his daughter’s body after her death.
Details were given on how her body was cut into six pieces. Up until that point, Tony McCluskie senior had sat through most of the evidence.
The prosecution said that the actress’s brother Tony McCluskie, 35, bludgeoned his sister to death in the flat they shared after a row about an overflowing sink. It has been said he regularly smoked cannabis.
McCluskie admits killing the 29-year-old in March last year but claims he has no memory of it.
After her death, McCluskie’s torso was thrown into Regent’s Canal in east London. Her head turned up six months later. She was officially identified by dental records.
Pathologist Dr Simon Poole told the court that Gemma McCluskie died from being hit over the head with an object such as a bat. She also had several bruises on her body from before she died.
Professor Sue Black, a specialist on dismemberment from the University of Dundee, said that her bones had 95 marks and had been cut or hacked.
She stated that the actress’s killer used a knife to cut the body at first and then switched to a meat cleaver when he was not successful. She also added that it would have taken an experienced person an hour but anyone else could have taken up to three hours or more.
McCluskie denies that he murdered the actress.
The trial was adjourned to tomorrow.