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Alleged killer, 21, of ‘The Flower Man of Islington’ will go on trial next July

Son, 21, ‘knifed his mother’s florist lover, 55, to death’ two months after she was found dead, court hears

  • Tony Eastlake, 55, was stabbed to death on Essex Road, Islington, on May 29
  • James Peppiatt appeared at Old Bailey this morning by video-link from Belmarsh
  • Mr Eastlake had been in a relationship with Peppiatt’s mother, Alicia Callaghan 

An alleged killer charged with murdering a popular florist who had dated his mother will stand trial next July, a court heard today. 

Tony Eastlake, 55, known as the ‘The Flower Man of Islington’ by customers, was stabbed to death on Essex Road, Islington, in May. 

James Peppiatt, 21, appeared at the Old Bailey this morning by video-link from HMP Belmarsh, charged with his murder. 

He did not enter a plea but his lawyers indicated he will deny the charge. 

Tony Eastlake, 55

Tony Eastlake, 55, (right) known as the ‘The Flower Man of Islington’ by customers, was stabbed to death on Essex Road, Islington, on May 29. James Peppiatt, 21, (left) is charged with his murder 

Mr Eastlake had been in a relationship with Peppiatt’s late mother, Alicia Callaghan, the court has heard. 

He was stabbed in the street near his stall on Saturday May 29. 

Police and paramedics rushed to the scene at 5.27pm and provided first aid but despite their best efforts Mr Eastlake died soon after. 

Julian Evans, prosecuting, said earlier: ‘Mr Eastlake was a florist who worked on a flower stall opposite Essex Road station for 40 years.

‘He was a very well-known member of the local community.’ 

Tributes at a vigil for Tony Eastlake at his stall at Essex Road Station in London organised by the Islington Community Group

Tributes at a vigil for Tony Eastlake at his stall at Essex Road Station in London organised by the Islington Community Group

Mr Eastlake was known as the ‘flower man of Islington’ and had worked at the same stall on Essex Road since he was 14.

Hundreds of people had gathered to pay their respects at a vigil at his flower stand, Florence & Fleur, on May 31.

Peppiatt faces one charge of murder.

He was remanded in custody ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing on September 13.

Judge Anthony Leonard, QC, fixed a provisional trial date for July 18 next year. 

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