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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Cassidy's fiance admits hitting her

Natalie Cassidy's fiance has admitted assaulting her.

Adam Cottrell, 31, pleaded guilty to hitting the former EastEnders actress with a slipper and grabbing her by the arms.

In the hearing at East Hertfordshire Magistrates' Court in Hertford, Cottrell also admitted one offence of criminal damage after he smashed a microwave, wine glasses and a candelabra at their home.

Magistrate Jackie Mountford told Cottrell he might be sent to prison. She said a community sentence could be appropriate, but added that "we are not at all ruling out custody at this stage".

Elaine McMillan, prosecuting, told the court Cottrell twice attacked Cassidy when they were at home.

The first occasion was on April 13 when he put make-up on her and hit her with a slipper.

During the second incident, which took place on May 20, he "grabbed her by the arms and he ripped her top", she said.

Cottrell went on to damage their home after Cassidy left to stay with her family. The court heard he smashed a £200 microwave, wine glasses worth £100 and a £50 candelabra.

Cottrell was granted bail on condition that he does not contact Cassidy. He is due to be sentenced on June 21 at the same court for two counts of assault by beating and one offence of criminal damage. A second count of criminal damage was withdrawn.

Cassidy, who was due to marry Cottrell later this year, played Sonia Jackson in the BBC1 soap EastEnders.

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