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Property consultant, 54, ‘pocketed £32,000 in Grenfell Tower swindle’

Property consultant, 54, ‘pocketed £32,000 in Grenfell Tower swindle by claiming he was the brother of a victim – even though he was born a year BEFORE her parents’

  • Nigerian father-of-five Abolaji Onafuye denies fraud by false representation
  • Property consultant allegedly claimed he was the brother of Zainab Deen, 32
  • She died alongside two-year-old son Jeremiah in the blaze in West London
  • 52-year-old allegedly made total of £32,000 in donations and housing support

The blaze burned through Grenfell Tower in West London on June 14 last year

A property consultant accused of pocketing £32,000 in a Grenfell Tower fire swindle appeared in court today.

Nigerian father-of-five Abolaji Onafuye, 54, allegedly claimed he was the brother of Zainab Deen, 32, who died alongside her two-year-old son Jeremiah in the blaze in North Kensington, West London.

But Onafuye’s account was ‘impossible’ because he was born one year before Ms Deen’s parents, it has been claimed.

Onafuye turned up at the Rugby Portobello Trust last September, claiming to have a been a resident and demanded a one-off payment of £500 after the inferno on June 14 last year.

He allegedly made a total of £32,000 in donations and housing support.

Onafuye appeared at Isleworth Crown Court but his trial was adjourned until December 3. He was returned to HMP Wormwood Scrubs while he awaits trial.

Grenfell victim Zainab Deen

Grenfell victim Jeremiah Deen

The defendant allegedly claimed he was the brother of Zainab Deen (left), 32, who died alongside her two-year-old son Jeremiah (right) in the blaze in June last year

The defendant, from Hammersmith, West London, denies two counts of fraud by false representation between June 21 last year and June 7 this year.

If convicted and jailed for either of the two charges, Onafuye would be the 12th person to be imprisoned for fraud in relation to the Grenfell Tower disaster.

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