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Life sentence for brother guilty of actress murder

Tony McCluskie has been jailed for life at the Old Bailey for murdering his sister, former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie. He will have to serve a minimum term of 20 years.

Tony McCluskie Credit: Press Association

Tony McCluskie was found guilty of murder by an 11-1 majority. He had previously admitted manslaughter.

There were gasps and cries in the courtroom as the verdict was given but McCluskie stood emotionless in the dock.

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Brother pleads guilty to former EastEnders actress death

29-year-old Gemma McCluskie Credit: Family handout.

The brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie, found dead in a canal, has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter.

35-year-old Tony McCluskie, says he suffered a "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 video link from Belmarsh prison. His father watched from the back of the court as he was asked to enter his pleas.

He pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter. The judge said this meant a trial on the issue or murder or manslaughter would be held on January 14.

For more details go to ITV London.

Brother admits to killing actress sister

Gemma McCluskie's headless and limbless body was discovered floating in the canal in March.

The former EastEnders actress 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.

Brother admits killing EastEnders actress

The brother of EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie has admitted 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.

Gemma McCluskie. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

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