Romanian sex worker pictured wearing Tamara Ecclestone’s stolen necklace told police she had ‘f*** all’ to do with £25m gems raid
- Maria Mester, 47, is accused of involvement in £25m gems raid last December
- She and her son were filmed on CCTV with alleged raiders in the days before and after the raid on Tamara Ecclestone’s £70m mansion near Hyde Park
- Court heard she was arrested at Stansted Airport wearing stolen earrings
- Mester, of no fixed address, ended police interview by complimenting officer’s blue eyes and asking for another cigarette
A Romanian sex worker accused of involvement in the £25million gems raid at Tamara Ecclestone’s mansion told police: ‘I have f*** all to do with it.’
Maria Mester, 47, is accused of being one of the ‘support team’ for the burglars who had travelled from Italy to break into the celebrities’ homes last December.
She and her barman son Emile-Bogdan Savastru, 30, were filmed on CCTV with the alleged raiders in the days before and after the Ecclestone raid at the F1 heiress’ £70million mansion near Hyde Park.
Isleworth Crown Court has heard that she was arrested at Stansted Airport wearing a pair of stolen earrings on January 31.
She also posted a photograph of herself wearing one of the stolen necklaces on Facebook, jurors have heard.
Savastru was caught in possession of a Tag Heuer watch and Louis Vuitton bag, similar to one taken in the raid, and was planning to board a flight to Japan, it is claimed.
Mester and Savastru, along with security worker Sorin Marcovici, 53, and Alexandru Stan, 49, all deny involvement in the raids.
Maria Mester, 47, is accused of being one of the ‘support team’ for the burglars who had travelled from Italy to break into the celebrities’ homes last December. Pictured, Mester wearing a rainbow coloured gold necklace allegedly stolen from Tamara Ecclestone
Burglars stole jewellery from Tamara Ecclestone, pictured with husband Jay Rutland
In a police interview Mester asked if a detective was out of his mind when told her son was captured on CCTV with the alleged burglars.
In the transcript read to the court, DC Glen Peach said: ‘They shake hands, 18 to 50 million pounds worth of jewellery was stolen.
‘They then go back to TLK apartments, they then move to (15) Furness Road, Fulham.
‘Can you tell me why you are on CCTV talking to the man who goes on to burgle £50m in jewellery and then later you’re on the same plane back to Italy?’
She answered ‘no comment’.
Asked why she was wearing £66,000 earrings stolen from Ms Ecclestone’s address she said ‘I don’t have them from London’.
The heist at Ms Ecclestone’s house (above) took place on ‘Billionaire’s Row’ in Kensington
Mester and her son Emile-Bogdan Savastru, 30, were filmed on CCTV with the alleged raiders in the days before and after the Ecclestone raid at her £70million mansion near Hyde Park
‘If I had stolen £50m, would I have come back to England?’ she added.
‘Yes, to facilitate with the selling of it,’ said DC Peach.
Mester said: ‘I know what you want, I have nothing to do with it, I know you want the big people, I have nothing to do with it.’
She added: ‘I have f*** all to do with it.’
She offered no comment to questions about buying luxury goods in Harrods between December 17 and 19, including £1,099 on Louis Vuitton items and £810 on Hermes.
Mester was shown CCTV images allegedly showing her being helped by one of the alleged burglars with her Oyster card at St Mary’s Cray station, near their rented apartment base in Orpington, Kent.
‘I do travel in London with the train,’ she said.
She then tried to grab the photos from another interviewing officer. She added: ‘It doesn’t mean they’re with me. Anything is possible.’
DC Peach said: ‘On the 13th of December a burglary happened, since then I think my team have had one day off, we have been collating evidence.’
Mester denies conspiracy to commit burglary and concealing criminal property
She concluded the interview by complimenting DC Peach on his blue eyes and asking for another cigarette.
Three days earlier the thieves had made off with jewellery worth Euro 600,000 and Euro 400,000 in cash, from the Knightsbridge home of late Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after smashing one of his safes with hammers, the court has heard.
The burglars had made off with £60,000 worth of valuables from the Chelsea home Frank Lampard shares with television presenter Christine Lampard on December 1.
Mester is said to have been ‘inseparable’ from the alleged burglars and Marcovici assisted by driving them to Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s property.
Mester, of no fixed address, denies three counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and concealing criminal property.
Savastru, of Bethnal Green, denies two counts of conspiracy to burgle and attempting to remove criminal property.
Marcovici, of Romford, and Stan, of Harrow, deny conspiracy to burgle.
The trial continues.