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Man guilty of breaking into singer's home

Press AssociationPress Association 29/06/2016

A burglar who targeted pop star Rita Ora has been found guilty of a raid worth more than STG200,000 ($A361,000) on her home.

Charaf Elmoudden, 26, went to the singer's four-bedroom house in northwest London on November 28 last year and made off with a stash of expensive shoes, phones, computers and bags.

The former X Factor judge and her sister Elena 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 $US4000 ($A5400) and a Louis Vuitton doggy bag.

He was picked out in a line-up by Elena, three months after the burglary. Elena told the jury she confronted an intruder in her bedroom and he "looked dead in my eyes".

Ora gave evidence from behind a screen during the trial and the court was also played a frantic 999 call from the star.

Elmoudden has a number of previous convictions including 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.

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