Man held on murder bid as girl (7) fights for her life
A seven-year-old girl critically ill in hospital after being attacked by a 55-year-old man is not expected to survive, a court has heard.
The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, remains in a life-threatening condition in a south-west London hospital following the incident in Wimbledon on Friday morning.
Defendant Robert Peters spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address during a four-minute hearing at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Saturday.
Peters, wearing a grey jumper, entered no plea to a single charge of attempted murder.
Prosecutor Rosalind Wardell told magistrates: "It is attempted murder but it is anticipated in this case this victim is not going to survive."
Peters was remanded in custody until his next appearance, at Kingston Crown Court, on December 1.
One neighbour, who asked not to be named, described arriving home as emergency crews dealt with the developing situation.
The man said: "I had been taking my kids to school, I turned into this road and thought it was strange because the cop cars were driving on the wrong side of the road.
"They were all double-parked, you couldn't get down further than my house really.
"There was a woman carrying all the medical gear into the house and you could tell by the look on her face...
"With coppers you can sometimes be all casual, go up and have a chat about what's going on.
"But you could see in their faces that something was very wrong.
"Then the lady came out with a stretcher."
Neighbours said Roberts had lived in the area for less than a year.
Another said: "I knew him just to say hello to in the street, when he was at his car. He hadn't long moved in."