A cleaning lady caught with £ 300,000 earrings stolen after a robbery on Tamara Ecclestone's home insisted today that she has no idea who two of her co-defendants are.
Maria Mester, 47, reportedly wore the jewelry when she was arrested after arriving at Stansted Airport on January 31 and traveling from Italy, where she lives.
The raid took place after Mrs. Ecclestone, the daughter of former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, left with husband Jay Rutland and their daughter Sophia for the Christmas break.
Maria Mester, 47, denies conspiracy to break into Tamara Ecclestone's £ 70 million mansion
Earlier this year, the Romanian-born Mester refused to bury Ms. Ecclestone's villa and hide criminal property.
Security guard Alexandru Stan, 49, and barman Sorin Marcovici, 52, are charged after breaking into Miss Ecclestone's £ 70 million mansion in Kensington on December 13th.
Mester's bartender, Emil-Bogdan Savastru, 29, from Bethnal Green, also denies the conspiracy to commit a break-in, have custody or control of a counterfeit banknote and try to remove criminal property.
It is alleged that Savastru was found in possession of a Louis Vuitton bag similar to the one captured in the raid and was planning to board a flight to Japan, which he denies.
Maria Mester, pictured with her 29-year-old son Emil-Bogdan Savastru, both of whom are charged
Most of the £ 50 million stolen property was never recovered.
Prosecutor Paul Jarvis said today to Judge John Denniss at Isleworth Crown Court that he will attempt to link the Stan and Marcovici case to the Savastru and Mester case and bring them all to court together.
Judge Denniss said to Mester, who appeared in court via video link from prison: "Your lawyer told me that you do not want to be with the other defendants in the trial.
"There is a motion to include Mr. Stan and Mr. Marcovici in your case."
Tamara Ecclestone lives with husband Jay Rutland on the £ 70 million property in Kensington
Through a Romanian interpreter, Mester replied, “I don't even know these people. I've only seen them in documents. & # 39;
Earlier, Prosecutor Sophie Akister said: “The Crown says this case relates to an investigation into property break-ins in south-west London.
The Crown says there were three break-ins on December 1st, December 2nd and December 13th.
As for Mr Stan, these were three venues occupied by high profile, high net worth companies valued at an estimated 17 million pounds.
There were three home break-ins in early December, including Tamara’s property
'These issues were identified in communication data and we say they played a role in the company, the group involved was sophisticated and we say not opportunistic.
"It's an international organized crime group that Mr. Stan was a part of."
Ms. Ecclestone is said to have been "shaken" by the robbery of her hidden safes on the 55-room property near Hyde Park. Neighbors include Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the Sultan of Brunei.
The residence of the Duke and Duchess at Kensington Palace is one block from Mrs Ecclestone's neighbor, Palace Green.
Tamara Ecclestone, the daughter of former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone
Ms. Ecclestone, husband Jay and daughter have shared photos of the luxury mansion on social media in the past and featured them on their ITVbe reality show.
Savastru, Stan and Marcovici were also supposed to appear from prison today via video link, but were not produced due to an administrative mix-up.
Ben Rowe, who was defending Marcovici, told the judge, "There is a problem with the production of Mr. Marcovici and Mr. Stan. It was believed that they were in prisons that they weren't and that weren't produced."
A total of eleven lawyers appeared on the court's video link today, but the hearing was adjourned due to technical difficulties and the non-appearance of some interpreters and defendants.
Prosecutor Paul Jarvis said, "In the circumstances we are all operating in right now, it is extremely difficult for anyone to make meaningful statements."
Judge Denniss told the court, “We just can't move on today if the lawyer can't hear and some defendants aren't produced.
& # 39; The video system wasn't designed for that many people and it's very difficult for me to give directions this morning.
& # 39; Today shows clearly that the system is unsuitable for a multiple hand fall.
"It's a waste of money and time and I'll record that."
Stan of Harrow is charged with conspiracy to break into the house with intent to steal between November 29th and December 9th, 2019.
Romford's Marcovici is charged with conspiracy to break into the house with the intention of stealing between December 6 and 12, 2019.
Both men will appear at Isleworth Crown Court on September 11th with Savastru and Mester.