A MAN is facing jail after admitting handling stolen photographs of murdered Harry Potter actor Robert Knox.

Charaf Elmoudden, of The Concourse, Grahame Park, admitted handling the pictures of Mr Knox's body before a post mortem, which were stolen following the trial of the 18-year-old's murderer last year.

The 20-year-old admitted handling the pictures at Wood Green Crown Court today and was warned by Judge Shaun Lyons he was treating the case “very seriously”.

He added the severity of the offence had passed the custody threshold.

Mr Knox was murdered outside the Metro Bar in Sidcup on May 24, 2008, just weeks after filming a small part in the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

At a hearing last month, prosecution lawyers were told to take the case more seriously by the judge, who added: ““This is a serious case. It has the potential for a great deal of upset to the people involved.”

Elmoudden is due to appear at the court next month for sentencing.