‘I’m a nice, very good-looking white boy from Chelsea,’ man tells judge in murder trial

Westminster Magistrates
Westminster Magistrates

The son of a wealthy art collector has appeared in court charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a maid at his family’s £20 million London home.

Maximillian Bourne, 25, an IT consultant, is accused of stabbing Joselia Pereira Do Nascimento on Feb 25.

The alleged incident occurred at the five-bedroom house in Justice Walk, Chelsea, where Mr Bourne lives with his mother Sylvia, a celebrated art collector and philanthropist, and father Graham, a property developer.

After being arrested he was charged with attempted murder and appeared at Westminster magistrates’ court earlier this week, where he was remanded in custody until next month.

Appearing in the dock wearing a grey prison tracksuit, Mr Bourne, who is the great, great grandson of Epitácio Pessoa, the former Brazilian president, told the court: “I’m a nice, very good-looking white boy from Chelsea.”

He was not asked to enter or indicate a plea during the brief hearing and was remanded into custody until March 26 when he is next due to appear before a judge at the Old Bailey.

The alleged victim, who was described as a “live-in maid” at the property, was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after suffering multiple injuries.

Injuries now not life-threatening

Kalsoom Shah, prosecuting, told the hearing: “The defendant faces a charge of attempted murder. The victim was critical, but her injuries are now not life-threatening.”

Ms Shah said the alleged victim was expected to spend at least a week in hospital being treated for her injuries that were mainly to her face and back.

The alleged incident occurred on Sunday evening at the 18th-century family home, known as The Courthouse, where prisoners were once tried for crimes including highway robbery.

The Bournes bought the property when it was near derelict for £2.8 million. It was valued 10 years ago at £14.5 million but is now thought to be worth in excess of £20 million.

Mr Bourne went to university in the United States.