Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja has been convicted by a Mumbai court of raping his housemaid and given a sentence of minimum seven years in jail.

On Wednesday the actor attended the hearing in the Sewri court along with his wife Anupam Ahuja who has stood by him throughout the long trial. The actor broke down in court when the judge read out the verdict. His wife Anupam tried to console him.

The rape case dates back to June 2009 when Shiney was arrested for raping his domestic help at his Oshiwara residence while his wife was away and he was alone with the maid. The maid had filed a case of rape against Shiney and the DNA report confirmed a rape.

There were rumours that Shiney had admitted to consensual sex with the maid, but it was denied by his wife. There was also a twist in the case when the maid turned hostile.

But on Wednesday, the victimís confession was taken into account under section 164 of Indian Penal Code. The actor was found guilty of rape and criminal intimidation.

Shiney can still appeal against the verdict in the higher court.