Antiques dealer admits strangling daughter, 7, with a dressing gown cord

A wealthy antiques dealer has admitted strangling his seven-year-old daughter with a dressing gown cord.

Robert Peters (pictured above), 55, allegedly attacked his daughter Sophia while they were alone at their £1 million family home in Wimbledon, south-west London, on November 3 last year.

Sophia was rushed to St George’s Hospital in Tooting and placed on a life support machine but died the following day.

Peters, of Blenheim Road, appeared before Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC for a plea hearing at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.

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He denied murder but pleaded guilty to Sophia’s manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.

Prosecutor Deanna Heer said the plea was not accepted and there will be a trial at the Old Bailey from April 23.

Robert Peters admitted killing his daughter, Sophia (Picture: Facebook)
Robert Peters admitted killing his daughter, Sophia (Picture: Facebook)

The trial is expected to go on for up to two weeks.

A further case management hearing was set for March 28.

The defendant, who appeared in the dock wearing a grey sweatshirt, was remanded into custody.

Peters is among Britain’s most prominent dealers of oriental antiques and is said to have assets worth more than £1 million.

Sophia was initially found with “critical injuries” at the house in Wimbledon and was treated there by emergency staff, but later died in hospital.

(Main picture: PA)