Grandfather found guilty of taking women hostage and burgling OAP’s home

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A GRANDFATHER has been found guilty by a jury of burgling a home in Hambledon and holding two women hostage.

After more than four hours of deliberations, a jury of eight men and four women found Christopher Doughty guilty of aggravated burglary at Dower House in Hambledon.

Doughty, 53, of Holly Gardens, Southampton, has been on trial for the past two weeks at Southampton Crown Court.

He was accused of being part of a highly-organised gang that targeted homes in Hambledon and Southampton.

Doughty was accused of being in possession of a loaded firearm after police found a gun - stolen from the Southampton raid - in the boot of a car that Doughty was driving.

The jury also found him guilty of possessing the firearm.

Doughty denied any involvement and made remarks to police that he had been ‘set up’.

The trial heard evidence from 91-year-old June Langdon and her carer Victoria Stamp, who were both tied up and blindfolded at the historic house in Hambledon as burglars ransacked the historic house for valuables.

The jury has yet to decide on the first count of the court case - relating to a raid on a home in Dumbleton Close, Southampton.

Doughty did not say anything as the foreman of the jury read out the verdict.

There were cries of ‘straight to appeal’ from his family members sitting in the public gallery.

Other men involved in the burglary have never been found by police.