Tony Eastlake murder: Old Bailey trial date set

The family of Tony Eastlake have described him as a "very special man"

The family of Tony Eastlake have described him as a "very special man" - Credit: Met Police

A murder trial following the killing of the “flower man of Islington” is set to take place next year at the Old Bailey.

Tony Eastlake, 55, died from a knife wound after being attacked near Essex Road just before 5.30pm on Saturday, May 29.

James Peppiatt, 21, of Elmore Road, is charged with his murder and a trial date has been set for next July. He has not yet entered a plea.

It is alleged Peppiatt stabbed Mr Eastlake following an altercation in Haliford Street.

On Monday, Peppiatt appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from Belmarsh prison.

Judge Anthony Leonard QC set a trial of up to three weeks to start on July 18 next year.


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He adjourned the plea hearing until September 13 and remanded Peppiatt into custody.

Mr Eastlake was described in court as a “very well known member of the local community” having worked on a flower stall opposite Essex Road station for about 40 years.

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