‘Celebrity obsessed’ burglar jailed for £200k raid on Kensal Rise home of Rita Ora
PUBLISHED: 17:24 30 June 2016 | UPDATED: 17:24 30 June 2016
A ‘celebrity obsessed’ burglar who targeted pop star Rita Ora’s Kensal Rise home in a raid worth more than £200,000 has been jailed for five years.
Charaf Elmoudden, 26, of Sydney Ave, Muswell Hill, made off with a stash of expensive shoes, phones, computers and a designer bag from the singer’s four-bedroom house on November 28 last year.
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 murdered Harry Potter actor Robert Knox.
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.
Unemployed Elmoudden had denied being involved.
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 Mr Knox, who played Marcus Belby in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince.
The 18-year-old was stabbed to death 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.