A wealthy antiques dealer allegedly strangled his seven-year-old daughter at their £1million home, a court heard today.
Robert Peters is accused of trying to strangle schoolgirl Sophia Roberts, leaving her critically injured in Raynes Park, south-west London, on the morning of November 3.
Peters, 55, was arrested and charged with attempted murder as doctors battled to save his daughter's life in hospital.
Little Sophia died after she was found seriously injured at her home in south-west London. She is pictured online holding a sign saying 'I love you mum and dad'
Robert Peters is accused of trying to kill his daughter Sophia by strangling her. She later died from her injuries and Peters is now expected to be charged with murder
The charge is set to be upgraded to murder later this week after Sophia died on the morning of 4 November, the Old Bailey heard today.
Three times married Peters, who runs an antiques business with his twin brother Richard in Kensington, didn't appear in court for the brief administrative hearing today
It is understood Peters lived with Sophia's Thai mother Krittiya. He is said to have business assets of around £1.3million.
Neighbours said Peters had only to moved the area recently and the property was bought in February for almost £1million.
A neighbour, who didn't give his name, told MailOnline: 'It's tragic. I have spoken to him four or five times and he struck me as a reasonable and decent sort of chap.'
The youngster died in hospital the day after she was allegedly strangled by her father
Police were called to the south-west London home on Friday last week. Sophia later died
His twin Richard lives in Tel Aviv, Israel, while his third sibling, Paul, is involved in an antiques business in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Neighbours said Roberts had lived in the area for less than a year.
One said: 'From the little we found out about him over the time he has been here, he
has an antiques business with his brother somewhere.
'I have spoken to him two or three times. He seems a perfectly reasonable guy, a normal guy, but we could not make out what his family arrangements were.
'His car used to disappear, others used to be there, other cars would come and go.'
A house where Sophia was found critically injured was decorated for Halloween at the time
A Jaguar was parked in the driveway and toys could be seen in the upstairs windows