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Man guilty after 'Pop Idol plot'
Will Young
The pop star's Holland Park home was broken into
A 24-year-old man has admitted possessing stolen photographs of pop star Will Young dressed as a woman.

The pictures are thought to have been snatched in a burglary of the singer's home in Holland Park, west London.

Sharife El-Whabe, of Manor Street, Chelsea, in west London, pleaded guilty to possessing criminal property at Blackfriars Crown Court.

El-Whabe, a drug addict, denied a third charge of burglary. He will be held in custody to await a pre-sentence report.


El-Whabe was accused of trying to sell the photographs, which showed Mr Young dressed in a blue dress and long wig for his film debut in Mrs Henderson Presents, to a national newspaper.

The burglary allegation concerned not the photographs, but clothing, keys, a laptop computer and a rucksack. The judge ordered it to "remain on file and not to be proceeded with".

Judge Timothy Pontius said: "The prosecution allege this was a fairly carefully and craftily planned enterprise to obtain money on the strength of photographs of a celebrity.

"That seems to me like pure greed rather than a desperate act of a drug addict simply to feed his own addiction."

A second man who denies both the retention and possession charges, will stand trial next year.


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