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Gemma McCluskie Murder Jury Retires In Trial of Brother Accused Of Killing EastEnders Actress

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Gemma McCluskie's body was found in the Regent's Canal in London | PA

A jury retired today to consider its verdict in the trial of a man who is accused of murdering his sister, former EastEnders' actress Gemma McCluskie.

Tony McCluskie, 35, admits killing his 25-year-old sister, cutting her body up into six pieces and dumping them in the Regent's Canal.

He told the Old Bailey he cannot remember what happened after claiming Miss McCluskie came at him with a knife after he left taps open causing an overflowing sink.

Pot-smoking McCluskie, of Pelter Street, Shoreditch, east London, denies murder but has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

The prosecution alleges he bludgeoned his sister to death in March, last year, when she told him to leave the flat they shared.

He then led police on a "wild goose chase" pretending to help look for her.

Miss McCluskie played Kerry Skinner, the niece of Ethel Skinner, in the BBC soap in 2001, was officially identified by dental records.