Robert Peters, millionaire and owner of an antique shop in London, was charged with murder for killing his 7-year-old daughter, Sophia Peters, earlier this month. The court officially lifted the restriction on reporting the name of the victim on November 8.
Sophia was strangled by Peters using a dressing gown cord while they were both alone in their £1 million (approximately $1.3 million) family home near Wimbledon, South West London on November 3, according to The Guardian. The child was rushed to St. George’s hospital in Tooting and was immediately placed under life-support due to the severity of her injuries.
Peters was initially charged with attempted murder, but the charge was immediately upgraded to murder after the child died on Saturday, November 4.
“The defendant began to make preparations for the killing by taking the dressing gown cord which was later found tied around Sophia’s neck,” prosecutor Deanna Heer said.
Sophia’s Thai-born mother, Kittiya Promsat, was not at their home at the time of the attack, according to The Sun.
Peters, who runs a £1.3 million (approximately $1.7 million) antiques business with his twin brother, Richard, appeared at a hearing in front of the judge, Mark Lucraft, at the Old Bailey on November 10. The defendant only reportedly spoke to confirm his identity while in court. He is now under police custody until his plea hearing, which is set for Jan. 26, followed by a provisional trial on April 23.
Promsat posted a tribute to her daughter on her Facebook account, which has since been set to private, writing: “I love you a lot and love you for ever sweetheart.“
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