A Romanian sex worker suspected of being involved in a £ 25 million burglary at Tamara Ecclestone's mansion who refused to give police her phone pin code because she was concerned about identifying her high profile clients, was released from prison.
Maria Mester, 48, smoked a cigarette and got into a Rolls Royce that was waiting for her outside Isleworth Crown Court in west London.
She was exempt from involvement in the robbery after she insisted that Ms. Ecclestone's jewelry had been given to her as a gift for escort services.
But Mester admitted refusing to give the PIN on her phone when she was arrested after landing at Heathrow on January 30th last year.
Mester said she did not want to reveal the PIN number because she was afraid of revealing the identity of her high-profile sex customers. The prosecution had previously stated in court that Mester's refusal to provide the PIN number delayed the process.
Maria Mester, 48, pictured above in the photo posted on Facebook, shows her wearing a pair of £ 3,250 worth of earrings and a necklace (circled) by Tamara Ecclestone
Mester, as pictured above, gets into a black Rolls Royce waiting for her outside Isleworth Crown Court after being exempt from involvement in the robbery
She wore a pair of & # 39; Octopussy & # 39; earrings worth £ 3,250 that were stolen in the Ecclestone raid and a Facebook picture showed them wearing them and a necklace that was also the F1 Heiress belonged.
The court heard that they probably knew the jewelry was the proceeds of crime.
But Mester blankly refused to give her phone number, and the police are still trying to crack the code.
Mester claims she didn't want to reveal the number because it would identify her sex customers. "So I don't think about it, I won't give it," Mester said to the officers.
The sex worker continued to refuse to disclose her PIN number after receiving a formal legal notice on May 13 with the consent of a judge.
The Rolls Royce drove Mester away from the court. She continued to refuse to disclose the PIN number after being served a formal legal notice on May 13 with the consent of a judge
Tamara Ecclestone's husband, Jay Rutland, pictured at a party in London in October 2019
Judge Martin Edmunds, QC, told Mester: “Regardless of the level of planning or the sophistication of the intruders they came from overseas to commit these crimes, they clearly relied on the support of locals or people like Mester with local Connections, whether they knew it or not.
& # 39; It is evident that Mester was an appropriate subject of the investigation and that the content of the communication between her and others – whether co-defendants or suspected intruders – may have been highly relevant to the investigation.
"The extent of the communication evidence gleaned from other sources makes this clear.
“Although she didn't say this in terms, I understood that she was moving forward because she was concerned that the police would learn information about her customer base.
“It is not my job to speculate about what the phone would or would not have revealed.
Tamara Ecclestone is pictured with her daughters Sophia and Serena in December
“However, the content of the cell phone was clearly an appropriate and important part of the evidence gathering about the break-ins and a likely source of information about or leading to the whereabouts of one of the prime suspects in the break-in.
& # 39; Your actions prevented access to this information.
“You had chosen a lifestyle that was associated with men of considerable resources whom, as I use your own phrase, you consider golden geese to get what you could from them.
“Either, since I think you ran the main litigation, you were perfectly aware that you were connected to criminals, or, to put it more nonprofit, you couldn't have cared less where customers got their money as long as you have it you share it.
"While I accept that you have worked as a companion and therefore viewed confidentiality as part of that role, I am equally pleased that your decision not to provide this pin was a calculated one."
Tamara Ecclestone's mansion in Kensington, West London
Mester was given 10 months but was released late Wednesday after spending 11 months in prison awaiting trial for the burglary conspiracy.
She lit a cigarette, flicked a victory sign, then got into a black Rolls Royce that had waited in court for most of the day.
Mester admitted refusing to give the PIN to her cell phone, which is a criminal offense under the Regulatory and Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
Her barman son Emile-Bogdan Savastru (30), security officer Sorin Marcovici (53) and Alexandru Stan (49) were also acquitted by a jury as part of the burglar's support team.
Jay Rutland and Tamara Ecclestone with their daughter Sophia in November 2018 at Winter Wonderland in London
The home of the late Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was broken into with £ 1 million in cash and luxury watches three days before the Ecclestone raid on December 10, 2019.
Ten days earlier, £ 50,000 worth of watches and cufflinks were fetched from Frank and Christine Lampard's house.
Savastru alone has been convicted of attempting to hide criminal property after attempting to leave the country wearing Ecclestone's Louis Vuitton bag and Frank Lampard's Tag Heuer smartwatch totaling £ 2,500.
He was detained for six months, but was also released after serving his sentence.
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