Gemma McCluskie: Dad disowns murderer son
PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:05 04 March 2013
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The father of Eastenders actress Gemma McCluskie, who was murdered by her brother, has blocked his son’s calls from prison because he has “never said sorry”.
Antony McCluskie declared he had “lost two children” through the tragedy on television this morning.
The stricken father expressed disbelief that killer Tony McCluskie still shows no remorse for the brutal attack and has refused even to mention his sister’s name since he was jailed.
Mr McCluskie initially stood by his son but has taken action to cut him out his life because of his refusal to apologise.
Speaking on ITV’s Daybreak, he said: “I’ve lost two children really but, at the end of the day, I’m finished with Tony now.”
“I’ve been to visit him in prison since the sentence and I was so shocked by his attitude and how he was with me,” he said.
“He came into the visiting room with a swagger and I started asking him questions: ‘Why did you discredit your sister? Why did you tell all these lies? The QCs turned you inside out...’ and he kept still denying it.”
Mr McCluskie said it would be “very hard” to ever forgive the 36-year-old, who is serving a life sentence after he battered the actress to death before mutilating her body in a bid to cover up his actions.
“He’s never, ever once mentioned Gemma’s name in a year, never said sorry,” Mr McCluskie told the programme.
He added: “At the start I was forgiving him but now it’s very, very hard with the way he’s reacted so quickly after that sentence.
“If you’d just got 20 years in prison, you’d be on your knees.
“There were no tears, nothing, [he was] so cold.”
This morning’s outpouring comes just weeks after Mr McCluskie insisted he would not desert his son, who showed no emotion when he was jailed for a minimum of 20 years.
In a victim impact statement to court at the time of the trial Mr McCluskie said: “I also know that my son Tony Jnr is suffering too, and would like the court to know that I will not desert him even though he has committed this terrible crime and taken Gemma’s life.
“I hope and pray that one day Tony will be released from prison with a better understanding of his actions and would ask the court to understand that, as a parent, this is how I feel.”
The 29-year-old Miss McCluskie found fame in the BBC soap in 2001 when she played Ethel Skinner’s niece.
Her dismembered body was found floating in the Regent’s Canal in east London in March last year. Her head was pulled out of the water six months later.
During her brother’s trial, it emerged that the actress was hit over the head at least twice before she was hacked into six pieces with a cleaver and a knife.
This came after she apparently lost patience with her brother and asked him to leave the flat in Pelter Street, Shoreditch, east London, where they lived.
McCluskie told the court a massive row broke out in which she came at him with a knife.
But the judge “unhesitatingly” rejected this account and said McCluskie had done everything he could to discredit his “hugely popular” sister’s character.