Friday 23 August 2019

Wealthy antiques dealer allegedly strangled daughter (7) with a dressing gown cord at their luxury London home

Sophia Peters was allegedly strangled by her father Photo: Facebook
Sophia Peters was allegedly strangled by her father Photo: Facebook Newsdesk Newsdesk

A wealthy antiques dealer is accused of strangling his seven-year-old daughter with a dressing gown cord, the Old Bailey has been told.

Robert Peters (55) is charged with attacking his daughter Sophia Peters at his £1 million home in the Raynes Park area of Wimbledon, south west London, according to the Telegraph.

She was treated by medics but died in a south-west London hospital on Saturday.

A court order put in place while the girl was fighting for her life in hospital, preventing her from being identified in media reports, was overturned at the Old Bailey by Judge Mark Lucraft QC on Wednesday following a challenge by the Press Association.

Peters, of Blenheim Road, Raynes Park, south-west London, was not present for the hearing at the Old Bailey.

It is believed Peters runs an antiques firm with his brother in Kensington, west London, specialising in oriental ceramics and artworks.

Peters, who appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Saturday charged with attempted murder, is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday.

With additional reporting from Press Association

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