More details of the horrific murder and dismemberment of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie – she played the role of Kerry Skinner – have emerged today after her brother Tony appeared in court yesterday, charged with killing her.
During Tony’s appearance the Old Bailey, the court heard that it was a row over a blocked sink that caused him to batter Gemma to death. He pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter.
The prosecution revealed that after Gemma died, Tony spent three hours dismembering her body before dumping it in and around Regent’s Canal in east London.
The Daily Star reports, “Pathologists found cuts to her scalp indicating she had been hit over the head three times with a blunt object…
“Forensic experts believe the body was then cut up with a meat cleaver over two to three hours, the Old Bailey heard.”
Gemma’s torso – which had to be identified by a small tattoo – was found in a suitcase in the canal a week after she disappeared last year.
Prosecuting counsel Mr Crispin Aylett told the court, “The defendant must have killed Gemma, no doubt in the course of a quarrel.
“He then dismembered her body before disposing of the body parts, including the head, in the canal.”
It took a total of six months to recover all of Gemma’s body parts.
The court then heard that Gemma had argued with her brother about his cannabis addiction among other issues.
Mr Aylett said, “For some time, there had been tension between Miss McCluskie and her brother.
“To Gemma, this was largely as a result of the defendant’s habitual use of cannabis and its most toxic form, skunk.”
Adding that last March, Tony had left the bathroom taps on, Mr Aylett remarked, “It is clear that Gemma regarded this incident as the last straw and that she wanted the defendant to move out.”
Tony says he cannot remember killing Gemma. The trial continues.
Here’s a look at Gemma starring in EastEnders…