Britain’s Best Dad attacked wife

A man once crowned Britain’s Best Dad has been given a conditional discharge for attacking his wife. Keith Preddie threw a washing frame and a plastic step at Emma Preddie during a row about Christmas shopping, before pinning her to the floor.

Croydon magistrates ordered Preddie, 44, who admitted one count of assault, to pay £100 compensation to his wife. The Michael Jackson impersonator, from Stanger Road, South Norwood, was named Britain’s Best Dad by GMTV in 2010.

Croydon Magistrates’ Court heard the couple’s 12-year-old daughter was woken by the violence, on 18 December last year. Preddie cried throughout the 10-minute hearing at the south London court, at one point burying his face into his chest. As he was given a conditional discharge he burst into tears once more.

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District judge Alan Baldwin told him: “It’s no good crying. You have got to face up to this. A man of your background should have known better.” Preddie was also ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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