Rita Ora burglary: Man jailed over £200,000 raid
Published 29/06/2016 | 16:41
A burglar who targeted pop star Rita Ora's home in a raid worth more than £200,000 has been jailed for five years.
Charaf Elmoudden, 26, went to the singer's four-bedroom house in north-west London on November 28 last year and made off with a stash of expensive shoes, phones, computers and a designer bag.
The former X Factor judge called the police and said she would "f*** up" the burglar after he woke her sister Elena up rifling through her bedroom.
Elmoudden has a string of previous convictions from between 2006 and 2011, including one for trying to sell pictures of the body of a dead Harry Potter actor.
He was found guilty with a majority verdict of 10 to two of burglary at Harrow Crown Court on Wednesday and sentenced to five years in prison.
Ora and her sister were asleep upstairs at the semi-detached home they share with their parents when two men broke into the three-storey house.
Elmoudden and an accomplice made off with designer goods and electronics which included iPhones, Apple Mac computers, a Fifty Shades Of Grey handbag worth 4,000 US dollars (£2,682) and a Louis Vuitton bag.
He was picked out in a line-up by Elena three months after the burglary. Elena told the jury she confronted an intruder and he "looked dead in my eyes".
Singer Ora gave evidence from behind a screen during the trial and the court was also played a frantic 999 call from the star.
In it, she sobbed "I don't have a knife" and threatened to kill the thieves.
She was heard screaming "Don't you f****** come up these stairs. I will f*** you up - you f****** hear me?" after locking herself in her room with her sister.
Ora was not present in court for the verdict but when she previously attended to give evidence she was escorted from the courtroom before putting on a pair of large sunglasses in the foyer and leaving through a back entrance.
Unemployed Elmoudden, who had denied being involved, was found guilty after six hours and 51 minutes of jury deliberation. As a teenager in December 2006 he pleaded guilty to forcing entry to a Costcutter shop and stealing property from within.
Five years later he admitted breaking into a house in north-west London and stealing goods including jewellery, watches, foreign currency and a BMW with a total value of around £75,000.
He also pleaded guilty in 2010 to handling stolen goods in relation to photographs of murdered Rob Knox, who played Marcus Belby in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, after he was stabbed outside a bar in Sidcup, south east London, in May 2008.
Prosecutor Mark Kimsey had said the previous conviction showed Elmoudden had an interest in media personalities.
Sentencing Elmoudden, Judge Alan Greenwood said burglary of a dwelling was "a very serious offence" because of the "trauma caused to the victim by the intrusion into their home".
"In this case it was very clear from the recording just how terrified the three young ladies were," he said.
He added that Ora, her sister Elena and a friend of Ora's who was also present "have indicated that they have not recovered their sense of security.
"They find it difficult to sleep.
"One in particular had to seek medical advice because she keeps waking up, sweating, thinking someone is in the room and about to hurt her.
"That has affected every aspect of her life including her work and concentration."
He also said that Ora's house had been targeted because she was well-known and expected to have valuable possessions.