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Natalie Cassidy fiance Adam Cottrell admits assault

Natalie Cassidy
Image caption Natalie Cassidy played Sonia Jackson in the BBC1 soap

The fiance of former EastEnders actress Natalie Cassidy has admitted attacking her at their home in Hertfordshire.

Adam Cottrell, 31, pleaded guilty to assaulting her twice at their top floor flat in Broxbourne, after police were called on 22 May.

He appeared before East Hertfordshire Magistrates' Court on Tuesday charged with two counts of assault by beating and two counts of criminal damage.

Cottrell was released on bail and is due to be sentenced on 21 June.

Ms Cassidy, 28, who was due to marry Cottrell later this year, played Sonia Jackson in the BBC1 soap.

Magistrate Jackie Mountford told Cottrell, who has a daughter by Ms Cassidy, that he might be sent to prison.

She said a community sentence may be appropriate, but added that "we are not at all ruling out custody at this stage".

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