Cleaner in court over £50m raid on Tamara Ecclestone’s home after being ‘caught with £300k earrings’

A CLEANER today appeared in court over the £50m raid on Tamara Ecclestone's home after allegedly being caught with model's earrings.

Maria Mester, 47, was allegedly wearing the 18-carat diamond jewels when police swooped at Stanstead airport.

Ms Ecclestone, the daughter of former Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone, had been on her Christmas holiday with husband Jay Rutland and their daughter Sophia at the time of the raid – with most of the £50m of stolen property never recovered.

The Romanian cleaner had just arrived back in the UK on January 31, travelling from her home in Italy.

She was arrested more than a month after the raid on Ms Ecclestone's home unfolded.

Earlier this year, Mester denied plotting to burgle Ms Ecclestone's mansion and concealing criminal property.

Today's hearing hearing was to determine whether Mester would be tried alongside the others who have been charged over the burglary.

Security worker Alexandru Stan, 49, and barman Sorin Marcovici, 52, were the latest to be charged following the burglary at Miss Ecclestone's £70m mansion in Kensington, on December 13.

Mester's bar worker son Emil-Bogdan Savastru, 29, of Bethnal Green, also denies conspiracy to commit burglary, having custody or control of a counterfeit currency note and attempting to remove criminal property.

It is claimed Savastru 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, which he denies.

Prosecutors have alleged that there were a string of three burglaries that took place targeting southwest London properties on December 1, 2 and 13.

Judge Denniss today said the homes were "occupied by high profile, high net-worth with £17m estimated stolen".

It was further alleged security worker Stand was involved in a "sophisticated" international organised crime group.

Ms Ecclestone was said to have been left "shaken" by the raid on her hidden safes at the 55-room property near Hyde Park.

Savastru, Stan and Marcovici were also due to appear via video-link from custody today but were not produced due to an administrative mix-up.

Stan, of Harrow, is charged with conspiracy to commit burglary with intent to steal between 29 November and 9 December 2019.

Marcovici, of Romford, is charged with conspiracy to commit burglary with intent to steal between 6 December and 12 December 2019.

Both men will next appear along with Savastru and Mester at Isleworth Crown Court on 11 September.

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