An­tiques dealer charged over death of girl, 7

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Wal­ter

AN AN­TIQUES dealer has been charged with the at­tempted mur­der of a seven-year-old girl who was found dy­ing at a £1mil­lion home on Fri­day.

Robert Peters, 55, was in court yes­ter­day morn­ing after neigh­bours saw him be­ing led away in hand­cuffs. But mag­is­trates heard it was un­likely the child would sur­vive, and po­lice later con­firmed she had died in hos­pi­tal shortly be­fore 11am yes­ter­day.

Neigh­bours de­scribed the scene on Fri­day morn­ing when of­fi­cers and am­bu­lance crews raced to Blen­heim Road, Raynes Park, near Wim­ble­don.

They said Mr Peters was ques­tioned by of­fi­cers at the home, where a £50,000 Jaguar XK con­vert­ible was parked on the drive­way, be­fore he was taken away in a po­lice van.

A 70-year-old man who lives nearby said: “I saw him be­ing taken away in hand­cuffs and then I saw some­body be­ing brought out on a stretcher and it looked like a child. He was be­ing talked to by po­lice of­fi­cers, then they brought him up the road to a van.” A court or­der, put in place while the child was alive, pre­vents her from be­ing iden­ti­fied at this stage. It is be­lieved Peters runs an an­tiques firm with his brother in Kens­ing­ton, spe­cial­is­ing in ori­en­tal ce­ram­ics and art­works.

Dur­ing the brief hear­ing at Wim­ble­don Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day morn­ing, Peters spoke only to con­firm his name, date of birth and ad­dress. He was re­manded in cus­tody un­til his next ap­pear­ance, at Kingston Crown Court, on Dec 1.

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