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Natalie Cassidy fiance sentenced

The fiance of former EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy has been ordered to do 120 hours' unpaid work for assaulting her.

Adam Cottrell, 31, who had admitted assaulting Cassidy, was also made subject to a restraining order banning him from contacting the actress.

He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing at East Hertfordshire Magistrates' Court in Hertford to two counts of assault and one of criminal damage.

Deputy District Judge Anita Borwick, at the same court, placed Cottrell on a 12 months community order, with 12 months supervision.

She said that the restraining order was both "proportionate and necessary" given that the three instances were within weeks of each other.

She told him to pay compensation for damage he had caused in the sum of £350, and also £100 compensation to Cassidy, as well as costs of £85.

"You pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, and I give you credit for that. However, this was in a domestic violence setting, and that is an aggravating feature. Your behaviour towards Miss Cassidy was both humiliating and disturbing, and these incidents were fuelled by alcohol. You showed remorse, and accepted responsibility.

"My concern is that there may be a pattern of behaviour emerging. I feel you would benefit by the intervention of the probation service."

Cottrell admitted two counts of assault by beating and one offence of criminal damage. A second count of criminal damage was withdrawn.

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

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