On September 9, the head of former EastEnders actress, Gemma McCluskie was found dead in the Regent’s Canal near her home. Her 35 year old brother, Tony McCluskie has now accepted responsibility for killing her.
A judge said on Friday that Tony McCluskie will now face trial on the issue of whether her death was murder or manslaughter.
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 on Friday moved to January 14 next year.
McCluskie, who appeared by videolink, was remanded in custody at The Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey).
The British television actress’ headless and limbless body was discovered floating in the canal in March after she had been missing for a week following the $US1.02 billion opening of the new Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London.
Gemma 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 before her brother finally confessed to the crime. The reasons behind his action is unclear, but reports say there is no sign he’s mentally unstable.