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New Addington fathers' support group shut as founder fears prison for attacking his wife

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A DADS' support group has been closed after its Michael Jackson-impersonating founder admitted attacking his wife.

Keith Preddie, 44, fears he could be sent to jail for assaulting Emma Preddie in a row over Christmas presents, after pleading guilty to assault by beating at Croydon Crown Court on Monday.

Preddie, who is Croydon's best-known Michael Jackson tribute act, last year appeared on Channel 4 show Come Dine With Me.

The former GMTV Dad of the Year is also a familiar face on the estate, having run the Time for Dads group at the Fieldway Family Centre.

However, he has now been forced to shut the group down in light of the allegations against him.

In an exclusive interview with the Advertiser, Preddie this week said: "I loved my estranged wife but she was draining the life out of me and what happened that night was not me; it was not what I'm about, it was not the person I am.

"I am no way trying to wriggle out of what I did and to this day feel ashamed, upset and know that I will never forget what happened until the day I die.

"But it takes two to start an argument and I am no wife-beater."

The attack happened at the couple's home in Coulsdon on December 18 last year.

A row over Christmas presents escalated and ended in Preddie throwing a clothes horse and a plastic step at his wife and pinning her to the sofa.

The incident was caught on CCTV that Preddie had installed in his house to "keep his family safe."

Preddie has also performed as Michael Jackson in New Addington, including a hugely popular "comeback gig" at the ACA in 2010, which was attended by more than 300 people.

New Addington fathers' support group shut as founder fears prison for attacking his wife


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