Thursday 8 December 2016

Kerry Katona's estranged husband bailed pending assault trial

Tom Pugh

Published 11/01/2016 | 11:33

Kerry Katona
Kerry Katona

The estranged husband of former Atomic Kitten singer Kerry Katona has appeared in court to plead not guilty to assaulting her.

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George Kay, 36, was arrested following an alleged bust-up at the couple's home in Crowborough, East Sussex, on September 19.

He was charged by Sussex Police with assault by beating and possessing a banned weapon, relating to a Taser-style instrument which was disguised.

At Hove Crown Court, Kay, a labourer of Hollybank Moore, Warrington, Cheshire, pleaded not guilty to both charges and will stand trial at either Brighton, Hove or Lewes Crown Courts for up to three days some time from April 25.

Former I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Katona, 35, who married ex-rugby league player Kay in 2014, is likely to give evidence in the case.

Judge David Rennie freed Kay on bail on condition that he does not contact Katona except via an agreed third party, and does not enter Crowborough.

Asked whether he could go to Crowborough to get his hair cut, the judge replied: "No, that's slightly daft. You can get your hair cut somewhere else."

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