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Man in court over flower seller’s death

11 June, 2021

Tony Eastlake

A MAN has appeared in court charged with murdering his late mother’s partner.

Tony Eastlake, 55, who had sold flowers outside Essex Road train station for 40 years, died after sustaining a single stab wound to his back last month.

James Peppiatt, 21, has been charged with murder.

He appeared at the Old Bailey by videolink on Monday.

The court was told his mother – also Mr Eastlake’s partner – had died at home in April.

Mr Peppiatt confirmed his name to the court but will not enter a plea to the charge until August and was remanded in custody.

Mr Eastlake’s death lead to an outpouring of grief because he was so well known in the Essex Road area, and a large vigil was held by his flower stall.


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