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Wimbledon antiques dealer admits strangling daughter

Blenheim Road, Wimbledon Image copyright Google
Image caption Robert Peters denied murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter

A wealthy antiques dealer has admitted strangling his seven-year-old daughter with a dressing gown cord.

Robert Peters, 55, is accused of attacking Sophia at their home in Wimbledon, south-west London, in November.

Peters denied murder but admitted manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.

The prosecutor did not accept his plea and there will be a trial at the Old Bailey from 23 April.

The trial is expected to last for two weeks.

Peters, of Blenheim Road, was remanded in custody.

A further case management hearing was set for 28 March.

Sophia was rushed to hospital on 3 November and placed on a life support machine, but she died the following day.

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