Man in court accused of murdering north London flower seller

A 21-year-old man has appeared at the Old Bailey accused of fatally stabbing a flower seller.

James Peppiatt allegedly attacked Tony Eastlake, his late mother’s partner, with a household-style knife after an altercation. The incident happened in Islington, north London, at about 5.30pm on 29 Maggio.

Eastlake, who was known as the “flower man of Islington”, collapsed and died from a single wound to the back.

Di lunedi, Peppiatt, of Islington, appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from Wormwood Scrubs charged with his murder.

The court heard that Eastlake, 55, was a “very well-known member of the local community” who had worked on a flower stall opposite Essex Road station for about 40 anni.

During the hearing, Peppiatt spoke only to confirm his identity.

Judge Simon Mayo QC set a plea and case management hearing for 23 August with a trial date yet to be confirmed.

The judge remanded Peppiatt into custody.

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