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Croydon Michael Jackson impersonator Keith Preddie speaks out after avoiding jail term for attack on wife

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Croydon's Michael Jackson impersonator Keith Preddie said he "would not be celebrating" after being spared jail for attacking his wife in a row over Christmas presents. Last month Preddie was warned he faced a prison sentence after he admitted assaulting his wife at their home in Coulsdon. The court heard Preddie from South Norwood, threw a washing frame and a plastic step at wife Emma. The 44-year-old also pinned her to a sofa at their home in Clifton Road. But magistrates decided not to jail Preddie, who soon took to his Facebook page to make a statement. He said: "It's not a victory for me, I'm not celebrating... my wife, our children and myself are both victims. I still care a lot for my wife and again I publicly apoligise for what happened. Mrs Preddie take care and i wash you all the best for the future." At last month's hearing the court heard Preddie had returned from a shopping trip at about 9.45pm to find that his wife of two years had bought a present for his mother without telling him. Their 12-year-old daughter was woken by the violence and Mrs Preddie called police the next day. Preddie, now of Stanger Road, South Norwood, admitted one count of assault by beating at Croydon Magistrates' Court. Prosecuting, Louise Thomas had said: "Mr Preddie entered the room and asked her if there were any presents left over that he could give to his mother. Mrs Preddie replied she had already given his mother a present. At that point Mr Preddie became angry and shouted he had been to a lot of shops that day to get a present and had become very stressed looking for one. "He grabbed a washing frame which had clothing on it and he threw it at her. It landed about a foot away from her. At that point she told him he had better calm down and grow up, so he left the room. After a short period he re-entered the room and started shouting again. "He threw a plastic step at Mrs Preddie, hitting her on her left arm. She was pinned down against the sofa. She shouted, 'Get off me, leave me alone' and he let go and she left the room."

Croydon Michael Jackson impersonator Keith Preddie speaks out after avoiding jail term for attack on wife


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