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Man, 21, denies murdering flower seller ‘who dated his mum after “altercation” following her death’

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A MAN has denied fatally stabbing a widely known flower seller who dated his mum after an alleged “altercation” following her loss of life.

Tony Eastlake, 55, was stabbed to loss of life in broad daylight by his stall in Islington, North London, on May 29.

Tony Eastlake, 55, was killed in broad daylight in MayCredit: PA
James Peppiatt, 21, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of the flower seller
James Peppiatt, 21, has pleaded not responsible to the homicide of the flower sellerCredit: Central News

James Peppiatt, 21, as we speak appeared on the Old Bailey charged with homicide.

Tony – referred to as the “flower man of Islington” by clients – had been in a relationship with Peppiatt’s mum Alicia Callaghan.

She tragically took her personal life on April 1 at her residence in Islington.

Tony collapsed and died on the street after being knifed within the coronary heart following an “altercation”, it’s alleged.

Peppiatt, of Elmore Street in Islington, denied one depend of murdering Mr Eastlake when he appeared by video hyperlink from Belmarsh Prison for the 15-minute listening to.

He will go on trial on the identical courtroom on July 18 subsequent 12 months, citing self-defence, the courtroom heard.

Members of 55-year-old Mr Eastlake’s household had been current in courtroom as Peppiatt entered his plea.

His heartbroken daughter Paige beforehand paid tribute to her “best friend”, saying: “It was not solely my dad, it was my twin, it was my greatest pal and that is what’s going to get me by way of this — all of you right here as we speak.

“I’m speechless so thank you all.”

The fashionable flower seller had manned the stall subsequent to Essex Road Station for 39 years, since he was 14.

In an announcement his household mentioned: “Our hearts are damaged ceaselessly on the lack of such a really particular man.

“A man who was loved by everybody in the Islington community, who is remembered as kind and caring and always laughing, but most importantly a father who leaves behind a devastated family, Lisa, Pauline, and his only daughter and best friend Paige, who he adored.

“Tony labored on the flower stall on Essex Road since he was 14 years outdated and was there by way of rain or shine, a smiling and pleasant face to so many people.

“There have already been hundreds of messages of support for him from all those who knew and loved him over the years.”

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