A man has been convicted of burgling Simon Cowell’s west London home in Holland Park, making off with nearly £1 million of jewellery and possessions in the process.

33 year old Darren February, who has multiple previous convictions for burglary, had pleaded not guilty to entering Cowell’s property via a patio door, stealing approximately £950,000 of jewellery and two passports, but he was found guilty following a four-day trial that concluded on Monday (February 27th).

The burglary took place on December 4th 2015, and just ten days later, February hit and killed a 52 year old with his car. He was sentenced to eight and a half years for causing death by dangerous driving.

Simon CowellA man accused of burgling Simon Cowell's house was found guilty today

February, who has been convicted of 58 offences of burglary, theft and assault going back over two decades to when he was just 12 years old, was said to have shook his head as he was led away from Isleworth Crown Court.

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The incident happened when February was able to enter through a patio door when security guard Simon Williams was in the toilet, and grab the valuables from an open safe. Cowell, his partner Lauren Silverman, their young son Eric and a nanny in their employ were all upstairs at the time.

Most of the items taken, including diamond rings worth £500,000, have not been recovered. February’s sentencing will take place on March 1st.

In a statement read to the jury, Cowell testified: "My son and his nanny were in their bedroom on the second floor and our security guard Simon Williams was in his offence on the ground floor. There is a large safe within a wardrobe.

“Myself and Lauren went to bed at 12:30 on the morning of the burglary, and I believe that my nanny and son were already asleep. I next remember being woken by Simon Williams who said here had been an incident in the property, we had been robbed and should stay in the room.

“Lauren and myself had then asked about my son and we were very concerned about making sure he was alright. Our safe had been open and items had been taken. Lauren was flying abroad that morning and she wanted to quietly get her jewellery.”

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