Burglar guilty of raid on home of 90-year-old Hambledon woman

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A VIOLENT burglar has been found guilty of a raid on the home of a 90-year-old woman.

Christopher Doughty was found guilty of the terrifying burglary that saw Hambledon pensioner June Langdon tied up and threatened.

The court in Southampton heard that the 53-year-old car dealer was part of a highly-organised gang that raided Dower House in Hambledon.

Three robbers subjected pensioner Mrs Langdon and her carer Victoria Stamp to a night of terror when they broke into the property under the cover of darkness on October 8 last year.

After Ms Stamp awoke to find three balaclava-clad men standing over her bed, the pair were tied up with Gaffer tape and blindfolded as the robbers ransacked the house for valuables, including silver, £1,000 in cash, antiques and Mrs Langdon’s engagement ring, which was ripped from her finger.

The men threatened to kill Mrs Langdon’s dog Zeta if she did not reveal where here valuables were.

Jurors heard that Doughty had been out of prison on licence at the time after being convicted in 2009 of a similar raid.

Doughty, of Holly Gardens, Southampton was jailed for his part in that burglary.

Last year he was released on licence and was staying with his ex-wife.

The jury of eight men and four women took more than four hours to find Doughty guilty of the Hambledon aggravated burglary.

The other men involved in the burglary have never been found.

Doughty was caught after a loaded rifle was found by police in the back of a Vauxhall Astra he was driving.

The gun was taken in a raid on a house in Dumbleton Close, Southampton, on August 6 last year.

Elderly Patricia Trist was threatened with rape during the raid.

The jury found him guilty of being in possession of the loaded firearm and will decide on a majority verdict about the Southampton burglary.

The incriminating evidence in the Hambledon case was Doughty’s DNA, which had been found on a door handle at Dower House.

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