Keith Preddie, 44, of Stanger Road, South Norwood. was forced to give up his work at the Family Centre in Fieldway, New Addington, after being arrested for assaulting Emma Preddie in a row over Christmas presents at their home in Coulsdon on December 18.
But now, after being given a conditional discharge, ordered to pay £100 compensation to Mrs Preddie, as well as £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge, the 2010 GMTV Dad Of The Year, hopes to claw back what he can of his old life.Not, presumably, by walking straight back into his old job at the Family Centre? Even if it is in Croydon!
"People are telling me I should be celebrating but I'm not. My wife, my children and I have been through so much and I don't condone any domestic violence, be that by a man or a woman, so no I am not celebrating."You’ve ‘been through so much’..?
He said: "I have no idea what I can do in the future now. It's not like I was a plumber or something, I was working with children and vulnerable people, you can't have a criminal record.
"It's up to the powers that be whether I get to go back. I'd go back today if I could. My brain is still functioning; I can still do the job I did for nine and a half years, the job I love. I have bills to pay and children to feed, I don't know what I'm going to do."You really think you can work at a Family Centre with your record?