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Kerry Katona faces trial accused of failing to send child to school

The singer and TV personality appeared before Brighton magistrates on Wednesday.

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Kerry Katona will stand trial over the allegation (PA)

Kerry Katona will stand trial over the allegation (PA)

Kerry Katona will stand trial over the allegation (PA)

Kerry Katona is to stand trial after allegedly failing to send one of her children to school.

The former Atomic Kitten singer, 38, appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday accused of failing to send the child to school between October 31 and November 28 last year.

Katona, of Crowborough, East Sussex, was led into the courtroom by an usher and allowed to sit outside the dock, behind her solicitor, for the 10-minute hearing.

She denied the allegation and was told she will face trial in October.

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Katona appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (PA)

Katona appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (PA)

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Katona appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (PA)

Defending Katona, Jason La Corbiniere said there is no dispute her child, who cannot be identified, did not attend, but said it was due to illness.

The singer and TV personality had her hair tied back and was wearing a star-patterned shirt and black tights for the hearing.

She spoke to confirm her name, address, date of birth and enter the not guilty plea.

Katona was released on unconditional bail and told she must appear for her trial on the morning of Monday October 7.

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