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Grenfell fraudster who claimed fasting drove him insane is convicted

A man who claimed fasting drove him insane and led him to pose as a victim of the Grenfell Tower fire has been convicted of a £33,000 fraud.

Abolaji Onafuye Credit: Met Police

Abolaji Onafuye, 54, of Gorleston Street, Hammersmith, west London, was found guilty of two counts of fraud at Isleworth Crown Court on Tuesday.

He falsely claimed to have lived on the 11th floor of the Grenfell block, which was destroyed by fire in June 2017, claiming the lives of 72 people, and to have been the brother of one of the victims.

Onafuye claimed for accommodation and financial help worth around £33,000 from Kensington and Chelsea council and the charity Rugby Portobello Trust.

When he was arrested by police in June, he told officers during interview that he had been suffering from temporary insanity caused by not eating during Ramadan. He will be sentenced on December 18.

Onafuye shamelessly took advantage of the support being offered to those who were directly affected by the Grenfell tragedy and he has continuously failed to own up to his deplorable actions. We will continue to investigate and prosecute anyone who is exploiting what happened at Grenfell and our thoughts remain with the real victims of this tragedy.

– Detective Constable Carlos Araujo, Met Police

There have been a string of fraud cases where con artists have posed as victims of the disaster, with the total of fake claims exceeding £650,000.