AN antiques dealer has been found guilty of three counts of conspiracy to handle stolen goods in the trial of a violent robbery, which happened near Emsworth.
Philip Capewell (64), of Hove, was acquitted of four other counts for the same offence. The jury failed to find a verdict on two other counts of conspiracy to handle stolen goods.
It is the first verdict to be delivered by the jury in the trial of three men following a robbery at Aldsworth House, in June 2006.
Wolfgang Schmeltz (57), William Johnson (47) and Christopher Doughty (48), all from Southampton, are accused of tying up the elderly homeowners and threatening to pull out their fingernails with pliers if they were not told the whereabouts of the jewellery.
In the nine-week trial, the jury has heard how the men are alleged to have stolen £380,000-worth of antiques, including guns, medals, and jewellery from the house.
The jury was sent out on Tuesday morning and are continuing their deliberations on Friday April 18.