Man found guilty of £200k raid on Rita Ora’s home

Rita Ora's home was broken into by Charaf Elmoudden. Picture: AP
Rita Ora's home was broken into by Charaf Elmoudden. Picture: AP
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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 28 November 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 ten to two of burglary at Harrow Crown Court yesterday 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 £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 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 in London, in 2008.