Two alleged burglars today denied involvement in the £25million raid at Formula One heiress Tamara Ecclestone’s mansion.
Alessandro Maltese, 44, and Alessandro Donati, 43, are accused of breaking into the home of multi-millionaire socialite Ms Ecclestone – the daughter of former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.
The pair are also accused of raiding the homes of retired Premier League star Frank Lampard and deceased Leicester City football club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Alessandro Maltese, 44, and Alessandro Donati, 43, are accused of breaking into the home of multi-millionaire socialite Ms Ecclestone (pictured with husband Jay Rutland)
Maltese and Donati appeared at Isleworth Crown Court by video link from HMP Wandsworth to deny one count of conspiracy to burgle.
The alleged offences are said to have taken place between November 30, 2019, and February, 1, 2020.
They replied ‘innocente’ – ‘innocent’ in English – through Italian interpreters when asked for their pleas to the charge.
Two other men, Jugaslav Jovanovic, 23 and Daniel Vukovic, 43, are named as alleged conspirators but have not yet appeared before the court.
Maltese and Donati appeared at Isleworth Crown Court by video link from HMP Wandsworth to deny one count of conspiracy to burgle. Pictured: The London home of Tamara Ecclestone
Romanian sex worker Maria Mester, 47, and her barman son Emile-Bogdan Savastru, 29, were cleared of conspiracy to burgle in January this year.
Security worker Sorin Marcovici AKA ‘The Professor’, 52 and hotel worker Alexandru Stan, 49, were also cleared of the same offence.
Donati and Maltese deny conspiracy to burgle and will next appear for a case management hearing on May 28.
Two provisional trial dates were given in court – August 9 or September 6 – but a final decision is yet to be made.