After being discharged from hospital after a failed suicide attempt, Gregg Pettigrew appeared in court on charges relating to the murder of his “Ben 10” boyfriend Dean Jeran.
The soapie actor is accused of shooting 29-year-old Dean Jeran last week at his Kempton Park cottage.
The Getroud Met Rugby star – who also appeared on BBC Lifestyle’s Come Dine With Me – will be remanded in police custody until a bail application hearing next week
BEHIND BARS FOLLOWING MURDER, SUICIDE ATTEMPT
According to Netwerk24, Gregg Pettigrew made a brief appearance at the Kempton Park Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 18 April. This followed his hospital discharge after a suicide attempt.
After shooting and killing his lover in bed, authorities claimed Gregg reportedly swallowed a dozen painkillers. The actor was rushed to hospital where he was treated under strict police guard.
According to the publication, Gregg has been charged with murder and the illegal possession of a firearm. He is currently being held in police custody.
‘SCHEMING AND DECEIVING’
Meanwhile, a former friend of Gregg Pettigrew has described him as a “pathological liar”, who took advantage of younger men.
Following the tragedy, Bryan Schimmel described the actor as “scheming and deceiving.”
Speaking to Rapport, Schimmel claimed that Gregg had lied about multiple job offers and a trip to Mauritius, which he claimed to be on. He said: “I am more angry than confused that I could ever be friends with someone who is a pathological liar and now a suspected murderer.”
“I want to distance myself from him as a friend.”
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Schimmer claimed that while Gregg claimed to have been working abroad, he was actually at his Kempton Park rental cottage with his lover Dean Jeran.
“It shows you he was scheming and deceived people close to him.”
Schimmel also claimed that Gregg Pettigrew was attracted to younger, “wounded” men.
The soapie star met his new lover Dean in 2020. This followed a divorce from his first husband, Australian citizen John Pettigrew.
In 2014, Gregg married John, ditching his maiden surname of Wiggill. Like Dean, John was also a fresh-faced 20-something young man involved in the theater world.
“I only met Dean a few times, but I knew he was definitely a hurt person,” Schimmel added.
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