The court was played Rita's 999 call from the night in November
We’re used to seeing her all smiles, but Rita Ora was left in tears as she relived the terrifying moment she confronted a man who broke into her London home
The frantic 999 call that Rita placed on the night in question was played to Harrow Crown Court, with a scared Rita heard telling the thief she would ‘f*** him up’ if he came after her.
On the tape, the How We Do hitmaker 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.
Sobbing, she told the 999 operator: ‘Oh my God, I don’t have a knife, I know they’re going to come upstairs.
‘What do I do? What do I do? Oh my God. F****** hell – I’m scared to go downstairs.’
On hearing the recording played in court, Rita – who gave evidence from behind a curtain – broke down in tears and asked for a moment to get herself together.
She reported that she had gone to bed around 2.30am after watching a film with a friend.’
‘I went to sleep and was woken up by a scream, she said.
‘I was half asleep, then woke up and heard my sister running up the stairs.
‘I opened the door … she just ran up the stairs then she jumped on my bed and started screaming.’
Rita’s sister, Elena, was also in court to recount how she woke up to find a man in her BEDROOM.
‘At one point he was an arm’s length away which was really scary because it means he was looking at me directly while I was asleep,’ she said.
‘I said hello and was really confused and he turned around and looked at me. He looked dead in my eyes.’
Charaf Elmoudden, 26, and an accomplice allegedly left the north-west London property with jewellery, iPhones, Apple Mac computers, bags and clothes, with prosecutor Mark Kinsey claiming that Rita’s home was deliberately targeted by the thieves because they knew she lived there.
Elmoudden denies the charge of burglary. The trial continues.