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Judge: 'Family must have closure'

Regent's Canal in east London. Credit: PA

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

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

She went missing after attending the £650 million 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.

Actress's brother: I killed her

Gemma McCluskie. Credit: PA

The brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie, found dead 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 she died.

McCluskie appeared at the Old Bailey by videolink from Belmarsh prison. His father, Tony senior, watched from the back of the court as he was asked to enter his pleas. McCluskie, wearing a dark suit, 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 amnesia expert is expected to be called by the defence.

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

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Brother admits killing actress

The brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie, found dead in a canal, now accepts responsibility for killing her, the Old Bailey has heard.

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 has been 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 found floating in the canal in March.

She had been missing for a week after attending the £650 million opening of the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London.

Canal head identity confirmed

Gemma McCluskie. Credit: Metropolitan Police.

A human head found in the Regent's Canal in north London has been identified as that of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie.

Investigators used dental records to confirm that it was the head of the 29-year-old who went missing from Bethnal Green earlier this year.

The head had been found by members of the public cleaning the canal at Kingsland Basin on Sunday.

Police have confirmed that all of Gemma's body has now been recovered. Her torso, arms and legs were found in the canal in March.

Her 35-year-old brother, Tony McCluskie, has been charged with her murder.

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Police find actress's arm in canal

Gemma McCluskie's torso was earlier found in the Regent's Canal. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police have found an arm, believed to belong to EastEnders acress Gemma McCluskie, in the same stretch of water where her headless torso was discovered.

It was spotted on the Regent's Canal yesterday by a British Waterways employee, two weeks after her mutilated body was recovered from the water in Hackney.

Divers have been searching to find her remaining body parts.

Police are conducting tests to verify the identity of the limb.

The 29-year-old was last seen returning to the home in Hackney that she shared with her brother Tony, 35, who now stands accused of her murder.

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