Wife of Sir Philip Green's stepson made to hand over valuables, court told

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Jewellery designed by Rolex, Cartier and Chanel was among a haul worth £2 million taken in a burglary at the home of the stepson of billionaire businessman Sir Philip Green, a court has heard.

Robert Lewis, 41, allegedly broke in to Brett Palos and his wife Magda's house and ordered Mrs Palos to hand over all her valuables while she was wearing only a towel, having just stepped out of the shower.

Harrow Crown Court heard designer watches and diamond rings were stolen in the burglary which took place at around 7.15am on December 10 2016 when Mrs Palos was at home with two of the couple's three young children.

Prosecutor Roger Smart told the jury on Friday that jewellery taken in the burglary included a heart-shaped diamond ring, a Chanel Camelia ring, three Cartier bracelets, and a number of Rolex watches.

The watches included a Daytona Rolex watch, a men's diamond Rolex watch and a Rolex Explorer watch, jurors heard.

Lewis is said to have forced a window on the ground floor of the property which sits at the end of a private, gated street in St John's Wood, north west London.

The court previously heard that the defendant almost immediately ran in to the couple's young daughter coming down the stairs, who led him to Mrs Palos' en-suite bathroom where she had just stepped out of the shower.

Lewis, of Paddington, allegedly forced Mrs Palos to identify valuable items of jewellery from drawers during the 10-minute ordeal, and loaded them in to her husband's briefcase.

In total £2,003,653 worth of jewellery and watches were taken.

The victim later picked Lewis out of an identity parade, while a full-match profile of his DNA was found around the damaged window frame, jurors heard.

Lewis denies one count of burglary, one count of aggravated burglary and one count of robbery, claiming mistaken identity.

Mr Smart said on Thursday: "No one disputes that the offence happened and there's no issue as to whether there was at least a burglary and a robbery.

"This is, as we sometimes say a 'whodunnit'.

"The prosecution say that Robert Lewis did it, Mr Lewis denies that."

Mr Palos is the son of Sir Philip's wife Lady Christina Green and her first husband, Robert Palos.

He is a property developer and also sits of the board of Sir Philip's Arcadia Group which owns brands including Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins.