Maria Mester Wiki
A Romanian cleaning worker has denied her participation in a 50 million-pound jewelry store and a cash raid on the house of the heiress Tamara Ecclestone. Maria Mester, 47, and her son Emil-Bogdan Savastru, 29, are charged with conspiracy to commit a robbery for the robbery at the £ 70 million mansions of Miss Ecclestone at ‘Billionaires’ Row’ in Kensington, west London, before Christmas.
Miss Ecclestone, the daughter of former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, had left the country with her husband Jay Rutland and daughter Sophie for a three-week vacation when her house was stolen on December 13. Among the allegedly stolen items from the 57-room house are a pair of 18-carat diamond earrings of £ 300,000 and a Louis Vuitton bag.
Maria Mester 29-year-old son Emil-Bogdan Savastru are charged
Mester allegedly wore the earrings when she was arrested after arriving at Stansted Airport on January 31, traveling from Italy where she lives.
Maria Mester, 47, and her 29-year-old son Emil-Bogdan Savastru are charged with conspiracy to commit burglary over the heist at Miss Ecclestone’s £70million mansion on ‘Billionaires’ Row’ in Kensington, west London , before Christmas
Mester’s bartender son, who was intended to be brought to Isleworth Crown Court, was not present as Wandsworth prison staff believed he was also appearing via video link
It is claimed her son Savastru, of Bethnal Green, was found in possession of a Louis Vuitton bag similar to one taken in the raid and was planning to board a flight to Japan when he was arrested.
Mester today appeared in court via video link and spoke through an Italian interpreter from HMP Bronzefield.
Wearing all black, the 47-year-old wept quietly throughout the hearing.
She confirmed her name, nationality and date of birth and denied one charge of conspiracy to burgle and one charge of concealing criminal property.
She said: ‘Not guilty, I wasn’t even there.’
Thomas Williams, prosecuting, said it may take some time for the trial as police are still collecting evidence.
He said: ‘She has not provided her PIN number to her telephone. We are currently at an impasse.’
Savastru was not present at Isleworth Crown Court due to an error in HMP Wandsworth and will be prosecuted on Thursday, March 5. Most of the £ 50 million of stolen property has never been recovered. A 21-year-old man was also arrested with Mester at Stansted Airport on January 31, was released on investigation, as was a 31-year-old man arrested in East London the day before. Judge Robin Johnson to Mester: “I will arrange his trial until July 20. We expected his son to go to court today, but there was a misunderstanding in his prison.” Later, the judge ordered Savastru to appear in custody for a preliminary hearing on March 3.
It was said that Ecclestone had been rocked by the raid in its hidden safes on the 55-room property near Hyde Park, where neighbors include Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the Sultan of Brunei. The residence of the Kensington Palace of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is one block from the Palace Green mansion, a neighbor of Mrs. Eccleston. Tamara Eccolestone, her husband Jay and her daughter have shared photos of the luxury mansion on social networks in the past, and presented it on their reality show ITVbe.
Prosecutor Simon Arloff earlier told how property worth £50million including currency, jewellery and watches was stolen by the raiders, who entered through the garden.
The raid came after documents showing drawings of each room were said to have been made available to view online when the couple submitted a planning application to renovate their mansion.
The application was reportedly made available shortly after the F1 heiress and her husband Jay Rutland bought the property in 2011.
It included the location of a safe and information on the alarm system. Even though the stolen jewellery was not in the safe, the plans could have made the luxury home a target for thieves.
A source close to the heiress said she was deeply upset by the suggestion that she might have unwittingly helped burglars break into the home.
Mester, 47, denies conspiracy to commit burglary and concealing criminal property and was remanded in custody.
Savastru, 29, has not yet been arraigned and will appear on Thursday 5 March at Isleworth Crown Court.
Fast Facts You need To Know
- Mother and son Maria Mester, 47, and Emil-Bogdan Savastru, 29, facing charges
- Both charged with conspiracy to commit burglary over £50m raid in December
- Are alleged to have targeted Tamara Ecclestone’s London home in Kensington
- Cleaner Mester told a court in west London today: ‘Not guilty, I wasn’t even there’
- She was told by a judge she will face trial at Isleworth Crown Court on July 20
- Her son, who did not appear in court, will have a preliminary hearing on March 3