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I'm A Celeb star Beverley Callard's granddad KILLED a man with a hammer in 1970


I’m A Celeb star Beverley Callard’s granddad KILLED a man with a hammer in 1970 and buried his body under a pile of coal

An unearthed extract from I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star Beverley Callard’s autobiography has described how her grandfather was convicted of murder in 1970.

Unbroken – published in 2010 – tells the story of the Coronation Street star’s granddad – Pliny Brook – who fought back in self-defense, after a row about money turned physical.

This resulted in Pliny bludgeoning the man – named Paul Suchar – to death and burying his body under a mound of coal.

Skeletons in the closet: An unearthed extract from I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! star Beverley Callard's autobiography has described how her grandfather was convicted of murder in 1970

Skeletons in the closet: An unearthed extract from I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star Beverley Callard’s autobiography has described how her grandfather was convicted of murder in 1970

63-year-old Beverley – who is currently locked away in Gwrych Castle for I’m A Celeb’s Welsh series – was just 13 at the time of the incident.

‘The two men must have started rowing and then Paul Suchar attacked Granddad and beat him really badly,’ she writes. ‘His shin was totally kicked in and he thought he was going to be killed.

‘Granddad hit back and was really fighting for his life. In the mill workshop there was a hammer lying on a bench and in desperation Granddad picked it up and hit Paul Suchar across the head with it.

‘The younger man fell to the floor and when after a few seconds he didn’t come round, Granddad realised he’d killed him.’

History: The Coronation Street star's granddad - Pliny Brook - who fought back in self-defense, after a row about money turned physical [pictured with Beverley in the late 1950s]

History: The Coronation Street star’s granddad – Pliny Brook – who fought back in self-defense, after a row about money turned physical [pictured with Beverley in the late 1950s]

Despite hiding the body, Pliny turned himself in, after two weeks of struggling with guilt.

He sadly died a year after going to jail. Pliny perished from septicaemia behind bars.

Beverley also writes of how it affected her in her formative years.

‘I knew people were talking about my granddad, and some girls even avoided me. One girl told me I couldn’t go round to her house for tea any more as had been planned,’ she writes.

Family drama: 63-year-old Beverley - who is currently locked away in Gwrych Castle for I'm A Celeb's Welsh series - was just 13 at the time of the incident

Family drama: 63-year-old Beverley – who is currently locked away in Gwrych Castle for I’m A Celeb’s Welsh series – was just 13 at the time of the incident

The Corrie stalwart claims the ordeal sent her on a downward spiral of teenage rebellion after that.

Beverley was born in Morley, West Riding of Yorkshire in 1957 to Clive and Mavis Moxon. Clive was a baker and Mavis was a concert pianist.

She is best known for playing Liz McDonald in Corrie. She has portrayed the character on and off since 1989 and is said to be departing the soap for good next year.

She has been taking part on I’m A Celeb for the past week, alongside the likes of Shane Richie, Vernon Kay, Jordan North and Ruthie Henshall.

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