Burglar who raided Rita Ora's home jailed for five years

A man has been jailed after raiding Rita Ora's home in London. Credit: Chris Jackson / PA Wire

A burglar who raided Rita Ora's home while she and her sister were asleep upstairs 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 stole expensive shoes, phones, computers and a designer bag worth more than £200,000.

Ora and her sister Elena were alone at the semi-detached home they share with their parents when two men broke into the three-storey property.

Elena was woken up by Elmoudden ransacking her bedroom. She told the jury she confronted the intruder and he "looked dead in my eyes".

Ora was woken up by her sister's screams and the singer's frantic call to 999 was played in the court. She sobbed as she told the operator "I don't have a knife" and threatened to kill the thieves while she waited for the police to arrive.

Charaf Elmoudden has a string of previous convictions. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Elmoudden and an accomplice made off with designer goods and electronics which included iPhones, Apple Mac computers, and a Louis Vuitton bag.

He was picked out in a line-up by Elena three months after the burglary.

Singer Ora gave evidence from behind a screen during the trial but was not present in court for the verdict.

Unemployed Elmoudden, who had denied being involved, was found guilty with a majority verdict of 10 to two of burglary.

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.