A person who falsely claimed his relations died in Grenfell Tower and secured greater than £100,000 meant for victims has been jailed.

Sharife Elouahabi has been sentenced to 6 years for making false representations to Kensington and Chelsea council.

He informed authorities he had suffered “fixed nightmares” after claiming that his uncle and cousins had died within the blaze.

The 38-year-old from Kensington, west London, informed authorities that he had been dwelling along with his uncle within the tower block in June 2017.

He claimed to be a member of the El-Wahabi household, 5 of whom died within the tragedy, however had no connection to them in any respect.

Elouahabi obtained round £103,000 in lodging, journey prices and upkeep however raised suspicions along with his behaviour.

When police checked CCTV they discovered no signal of him ever getting into the constructing and couldn’t place his cell phone sign within the space.

He pleaded responsible to at least one depend of fraud as his trial at Isleworth Crown Courtroom was as a result of start.

on the one year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire on June 14, 2018 in London, England. In one of Britain's worst urban tragedies since World War II, a devastating fire broke out in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower on June 14, 2017 where 72 people died from the blaze in the public housing building of North Kensington area of London.


There have been 72 individuals killed within the hearth at Grenfell Tower final yr

Decide Robin Johnson mentioned: “The nation was shocked by this horrible occasion.

“Within the aftermath of a tragedy, you sought to acquire a revenue. There was important planning.”

The decide additionally learn a part of a press release from El-Wahabi’s sister, which mentioned: “In committing this fraud the defendant has taken from the group, public funds and sources meant for real victims.

“He has added to the pressure of the council, to police sources and on all of the assist companies.

“We now have had sufficient on our plate because it was.”

Mr Elouahabi’s authorized workforce informed the court docket he’s “severely sorry” for his actions and is affected by despair.

Damaris Lakin, senior crown prosecutor on the CPS, mentioned: “Sharif Elouahabi knowingly misled the groups coping with the tragedy of the Grenfell hearth.

“He was supplied with emergency lodging for a yr, and when his deceit was uncovered he tried to influence a relative to lie for him.

“The relations of the individuals who he mentioned he had been staying with have been pressured to refute his claims, inflicting them excessive misery.

“We hope this late responsible plea goes some method to comforting them.”

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