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Monday, June 18, 2012
The brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie is to stand trial accused of her murder in November.
Tony McCluskie, 35, is charged with killing the 29-year-old from Bethnal Green and then dumping her body in a canal just hours after she attended the Royal London Hospital’s opening ceremony on March 1 this year.
Her headless torso was discovered in a stretch of the Regent’s Canal near Broadway Market in Hackney, five days later after a barge owner called the police.
The body was later confirmed to be that of Ms McCluskie, but a postmortem proved inconclusive.
Appearing in custody, McMcluskie spoke only to confirm his identity during a brief hearing at the Old Bailey today (Monday).
He did not enter a plea to the murder charge and his barrister, Jeremy Dein QC, did not make an application for bail.
The alleged killer will return to court on October 12 for a plea and case management hearing, with a trial date pencilled in for November 12.
Miss McCluskie appeared in more than 30 episodes of the BBC soap opera as Kerry Skinner in 2001.
Former EastEnders co-stars Natalie Cassidy and Brooke Kinsella both appealed on Twitter for help in finding her.
McCluskie, of Pelter Street, Bethnal Green, east London, was remanded in custody.