Eddie Kidd’s wife admits beating the paralysed former motorcycle stuntman
The former glamour model stared at her hands and looked on the verge of tears as her friends supported her from the public gallery
The wife of paralysed motorcycle stuntman Eddie Kidd yesterday admitted assaulting him four times.
Ex-glamour model Samantha Kidd, 44, had previously pleaded not guilty but changed her plea ahead of a trial next week.
She stared at her hands and looked on the verge of tears as she stood in the dock at Brighton Magistrates’ Court, East Sussex.
She admitted four counts of assault by beating Eddie Kidd, three at his home in Peacehaven, East Sussex, and one in Southampton, Hampshire, between July and October last year.
The court heard that during one assault, Mrs Kidd had referred to her estranged husband – who can’t walk or talk due to brain damage – as a ‘spastic.’
Prosecutor Suzanne Soros told magistrates: “The circumstances surrounding the assault in count three are that she called the victim a ‘complete spastic’.
“She says that is because he referred to himself in that way. Although others may not be able to accept that because of his limited speech.”
Ms Soros added: “It is accepted those words were said but she will say she was repeating the words he himself uses. That is not accepted by the crown.”
Ms Soros said the assault, during which Mrs Kidd said these words, was accepted.
Ms Soros said: “In relation to count four, a co-worker was present. Mr Kidd was trying to reach out for the support to lift himself into bed.
“He brushed her face as he reached for the support, she believed at the time that he had hit her. The assault is her slapping him in retaliation.”
Ms Soros told magistrates: “She will say there was no malice in her reaction. She accepts her actions were disproportionate. We do not accept her basis of plea.”
She told the court this was a case of ‘domestic violence’.
Defending Mrs Kidd, who once appeared in Byker Grove, Miss Alissa Scott-Beckett said: “The basis of plea relates to mitigation they do not affect the guilty plea to the assault.”
Ms Scott-Beckett asked for the hearing to be adjourned for reports before sentencing and that the case be heard in front of a district judge.
She told the court Mrs Kidd was of ‘good character’.
No other details were given to the court relating to the assaults.
Mrs Kidd was originally charged with six counts of assault by beating, all of which she initially denied before changing her plea.
She had been due to face a two-day trial next Tuesday.
Magistrate chair Martin Reed released Mrs Kidd on bail under the condition she does not contact Mr Kidd or attend his address in Peacehaven.
Mr Reed told Mrs Kidd he was leaving all sentencing options open for the judge. She will return to the court for sentencing before a district judge on August 1.
Mr Kidd was left paralysed and brain damaged in a motorbike accident 16 years ago, but in 2011 he completed the London Marathon in 50 days.
The 53-year-old is confined to a wheelchair and needs round-the-clock-care.
He met Samantha Kirli again in 2004 and married in 2006 but they split in December 2012.
He had been married twice previously to Hot Gossip dancer Debbie Ash and ex-Stringfellows nightclub waitress Sarah Carr.
In his prime Kidd was one of the most famous stunt riders in the world.
Kidd’s achievements culminated in 1993 when he jumped the Great Wall of China and beat Robbie Knievel, son of Evel Knievel, to the stunt bike world championship.
Mr Kidd was not at court yesterday. He has previously declined to comment on his wife’s prosecution.