‘Repulsive’ burglar, 58, who dodged prison by saying he was Grenfell victim and got £40,000 in handouts while living in four-star hotel after tragedy is jailed for six years
- Derrick Peters was put up in a hotel in Paddington after claiming he was a victim
- He said he lost a friend and all his possessions in the blaze on June 14 last year
- The 58-year-old ran up a £40,000 bill and burgled a flat where he stole jewellery
- Peters was jailed for six years for perverting the court of justice and two counts of fraud
A ‘repulsive’ fraudster who pretended he was a victim of the Grenfell Tower fire to dodge a jail sentence for burglary has today been jailed for six years.
Derrick Peters, 58, was put up in the Park Grand hotel in Paddington, west London, after claiming to have lost his friend and all his possessions in the blaze on June 14 last year.
He ran up a £40,000 bill while staying in the £192-a-night room, including more than £5,000 spent on food, drink and laundry.
Peters was arrested on August 10 after burgling a nearby flat, stealing a £3,000 TAG Heuer watch, other jewellery, a passport, an Apple laptop and a Bose speaker.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea continued to pay for his room for two months while he was held on remand in Wandsworth prison.
He returned to the hotel having been handed a community order after repeating his Grenfell lies in mitigation to the judge sentencing him at Isleworth Crown Court on October 16.
The judge, who had no reason to doubt his story, said: ‘How on earth can one even begin to understand what it is like to lose a friend in a tragedy like Grenfell?’
Peters, of no fixed abode, continued the pretence and was even offered a flat meant for genuine victims of the disaster that left 72 people dead.
However, his story unravelled after Rebecca Ross, a Grenfell survivor whose father Steve Power perished in the fire, confirmed Peters had not lived with them and their three dogs as he had claimed.
Peters pleaded guilty to perverting the court of justice and two counts of fraud at Isleworth Crown Court and was sentenced to six years in jail today. He was also re-sentenced for the original burglary charge.
Judge Robin Johnson told Peters he was sure he had been previously spared jail because of his ‘brazen lie’ to the judge.
‘It was designed to pull heart strings. It succeeded, just as the similar lies were providing you with hotel accommodation and money,’ he said.
‘Your conduct from June last year was utterly disgraceful. You cheated and lied for your own ends, trading on others’ misery. There can be little mercy in such a case.’
Who else has been convicted over Grenfell Tower frauds?
As of August 2018, ten people have been charged with fraud offences relating to Grenfell, with five people put behind bars.
Anh Nhu Nguyen pretended his wife and 12-year-old son were killed in the blaze so he could claim charity handouts.
He pocketed £11,270 as he was put up in hotels and given clothing, laptops and cash.
But police discovered the 53-year-old had 28 convictions for 56 offences spanning more than 30 years, including theft, dishonesty offences, arson and grievous bodily harm.
Nguyen, who was born in Vietnam, even tried to apply for a passport by claiming his had been incinerated. He was jailed for 21 months in February.
Elaine Douglas and Tommy Brooks falsely claimed they lived in Grenfell Tower to claim more than £120,000.
The illegal immigrants spent eight months living in a four-star hotel, with taxpayers footing the £400-a-night bill.
They also spent more than £20,000 on meals and clothing on pre-paid credit cards which were given to them by Kensington and Chelsea council.
The pair entered Britain illegally from Jamaica 16 years ago on separate flights and were ordered to leave by immigration officials only to vanish – reappearing in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy last year.
Joyce Msokeri falsely claimed to have lost her husband in the blaze so that she could claim thousands of pounds.
The conwoman travelled 14 miles from her own flat to the tower block and convinced charity workers she had survived the inferno.
She feigned trauma to obtain handouts of £19,000 in cash, food, clothing, three mobile phones and free stays at a Hilton hotel. The 47-year-old would have received £203,000 in handouts if she had not been caught.
When Msokeri, from Zimbabwe, kept giving them different numbers for her flat in the tower block, her apparent forgetfulness was put down to trauma. She was jailed for four-and-a-half years in April.
Mohammad Gamoota trawled a list of the dead then told officials his father was Abdeslam Sebbar, who had died after becoming trapped in his flat.
The 31-year-old said he had survived only because he was attending midnight prayers at his mosque when the inferno took hold.
In reality, he was not related to Mr Sebbar, 77, and did not live in Grenfell Tower, but took the details from a newspaper.
Two days later, Gamoota presented himself as a bereaved relative. He was given £500 and booked into a Holiday Inn hotel where he racked up a £374 room service bill.
He tried to claim a further £5,000 – but a technical issue with his bank account prevented the money being paid in. He was jailed for 18 months last week.
Yonatan Eyob falsely claimed £81,000 in cash and free hotel stays, as well as £11,000 towards a new permanent home.
Eyob claimed he had lived alone in a flat that actually contained a family of five who perished in Britain’s worst fire for a generation.
Neighbours said he didn’t and CCTV proved he had never been there.
He was later charged with dishonestly making a false representation for accommodation and subsistence between June 2017 and June 2018.
The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to the offences and is due to be sentenced on August 24.
Nearly everyone living in Grenfell was born outside of Europe most wont have been working and will have got a free flat, welfare, child benefits, free NHS.
Europe can expect over 200 million African economic migrants in next 30 years – all will be allowed to stay in Europe. ALL PART OF THE KALERGI PLAN FOR GENOCIDE OF WHITE EUROPEANS BY ZIONIST BANKERS.
AFRICA HAS SAFE LANDS. SO A GENUINE REFUGEE WOULD JUST MOVE TO THE NEAREST SAFE LAND. WHY SHOULD WE GIVE THEM FREE FLATS, WELFARE, NHS – THEY DONT GET THAT BACK IN AFRICA.
AFRICANS ARE POOR AS SO THICK THEY HAVE NEVER INVENTED A DAMN THING EXCEPT A SPEAR! THE ONLY REASON THEY HAVE NICE BUILDINGS, WELLS AND SEWERS IN AFRICA IS BECASUE WHITE MAN BUILT THEM AND DID HARD WORK TO CREATE THEM. IF WHITE MAN NEVER SET FOOT IN AFRICA THEY WOULD ALL STILL BE IN MUD HUTS. WE MUST REMEMBER THAT AFRICAN TRIBAL LEADERS SOLD SLAVES TO THE BRITISH IN EXCHANGE FOR GUNS – USED GUNS TO ROUND UP MORE SLAVES. WE MUST ALSO REMEMBER THAT AFRICANS TOOK SLAVES FROM SPAIN AND EVEN CORNWALL. ALSO MOST SLAVE SHIPS OWNED BY JEWISH FAMILIES LIKE LEVI ETC. HOW MANY MORE EUROPEAN WOMEN WILL BE RAPED BY AFRICAN MUSLIM MEN? EU / UK GIVES THEM FOREIGN AID. THEY USE THIS AID TO PAY PEOPLE SMUGGLERS TO GET INTO EU. ONCE IN EU THEY WILL NEVER BE SENT BACK HOME. WE NEED TO GUARD EU ENTRY WITH GUN SHIPS – ANY OF THESE MIGRANTS COULD BE A TERRIST AND ALREADY SEVERAL HAVE SLIPPED IN INCLUDING SOME WHO USED SUICIDE VESTS TO KILL PEOPLE IN EUROPE. WHAT ABOUT MY RIGHTS? London has fallen and birmingham also . you can see the mixed race kalergi mutants on the streets of londonistan selling drugs and making grime videos and stabbing each other. yet in France the FROG POLICE LET MIGRANTS JUMP ABOARD LORRIES HEADING FOR ENGLAND. THEY ARE MEANT TO CLAIM ASYLUM IN FIRST SAFE COUNTRY – THIS IS IN AFRICA NOT IN EUROPE. UK HAS NO REASON TO HELP THESE ECONOMIC MIGRANTS.
I BOYCOTT ANY SHOP EMPLOYING THESE AFRICUNTS – MY GRANDAD FOUGHT IN A WAR TO STOP ENGLAND BEING INVADED BUT THANKS TO POLITICIANS SURRENDERING TO ZIONISTS WE NOW HAVE FULL SCALE INVASION FAR WORSE.
WE NEED MORE GRIME VIDEOS AND MUSIC IT IS GREAT AS AFRICUNTS KEEP STABBING EACH OTHER.
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