/Cleaner and son in court over £50,000,000 raid at Tamara Ecclestones home

Cleaner and son in court over £50,000,000 raid at Tamara Ecclestones home

Pictures of Tamara Ecclestone, husband Jay Rutland and five-year-old daughter Sophia
The family had been away for the house for a matter of hours when the raid took place (Picture: Getty)

A cleaner and her son have been charged with swiping £50 million in jewellery and watches from the London home of Formula One heiress Tamara Ecclestone.

Maria Mester, 47, and Emil-Bogdan Savastru, 29, allegedly raided the £70 million gated mansion in Kensington’s ‘Billionaire’s row’ on December 13.

The family had left to spend the Christmas season abroad when the house was targeted.

Ecclestone, daughter of former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, had left the house with husband Jay Rutland and five-year-old daughter Sophia just hours before.

Tamara Ecclestone attends the launch of Apothem exclusively at Harvey Nichols Apothem x Harvey Nichols launch party, London, UK - 16 Oct 2019
Tamara Ecclestone was left ‘angry and shaken’ by the incident (Picture: REX)

Items allegedly taken included a £300,000 pair of rare 18 carat diamond earrings and a Louis Vuitton bag, the court heard.

Romanian Mester, who lives in Italy, and Savastru, from Tower Hamlets, east London, appeared together in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today.

The mother wore a purple jumper and thick-rimmed black glasses while her bartender son wore a grey tracksuit.

Both of them were remanded in custody and are due to appear for trial at Isleworth Crown Court on February 28.

Mother and daughter appear in court accused of conspiring in ?50 million jewellery heist at Tamara Ecclestone's home
The family had gone away to spend the Christmas holidays with family abroad (Picture: @tamara)

Addressing Savastru, District Judge John Zani said: ‘The allegations against you are very serious.

‘I do not decide whether you are guilty or not guilty but I take into account what is alleged against you.

‘It has been said that you participated in conspiracy to commit a burglary which was successful and which resulted in a considerable amount of luxury jewellery and watches being stolen.’

The pair have both been charged with conspiracy to commit a burglary with intent to steal.

A 21-year-old man arrested at Stansted Airport and 31-year-old man arrested at an address in east London have been released under investigation, according to Met Police.

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