London Antiques Dealer Charged after Murder of Seven-Year-Old Girl

A prominent antiques dealer in London has been charged after a seven-year-old girl was found dying at a £1million house.

The house where a girl was found dying

On 3 November morning, police were called to a house in Wimbledon, south-west London, where they found a seven-year-old girl in “critical injuries” and took her to hospital. Robert Peters, 55, was arrested by police for attempted murder. Police said the victim and the suspect were “known to each other”.

Robert Peters appeared in court on Saturday before the girl died in the hospital at about 10.30 am that day. Police say it will be up to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to upgrade the charge to murder. Peters was remanded in custody until December 1, when he will appear at Kingston Crown Court.

The house where a girl was found dying

Robert Peter is a specialist in Chinese porcelain with business assets worth a further £1.3m in 2016. He runs an antiques business with twin brother Richard in Kensington, West London.

The neighbourhood in Wimbledon

Peters is believed to have divorced his second wife about 10 years ago before remarrying. It is reported that the house where the incident took place was purchased by Robert Peters in February for almost £1million in cash with his new wife. A neighbour said: “I have spoken to him two or three times. He seems a perfectly reasonable guy, a normal guy, but we could not make out what his family arrangements were.”