Estranged wife admits assaulting paralysed ex-stunt star

eddie and samantha kidd
eddie and samantha kidd

The estranged wife, from East Sussex, of paralysed former motorbike stunt rider Eddie Kidd has pleaded guilty to assaulting him - days before she was due to stand trial.

Samantha Kidd, 44, pleaded not guilty in January to claims she beat the 
54-year-old wheelchair-boundstar over a four-
month period, and a two-day trial was set to start next 
Tuesday.

But at a pre-trial hearing 
at Brighton Magistrates’ Court, Kidd admitted 
four counts of assault by 
beating between July and October last year, Sussex Police said.

Unemployed Kidd, of 
High Street, Seaford, was 
released on bail and she will 
be sentenced on August 1.

Mr Kidd - who was paralysed and brain-damaged when a stunt went wrong in August 1996 - received an OBE last year for services to charitable giving.

He carried the Olympic torch through Lewes on 
July 17 last year after 
being selected for walking the 2011 London Marathon in 50 days and raising more than £100,000.