Son who 'claimed his father died in Grenfell Tower fire' is jailed

Muhammad Gamoota, 24, of Westminster, allegedly claimed he lived at Grenfell Tower

Muhammad Gamoota, 24, of Westminster, allegedly claimed he lived at Grenfell Tower

A business management student who pretended to be a Grenfell Tower victim's son to get £5,000 and free hotel stays was jailed for 18 months today.

Mohammad Gamoota, 31, claimed he was living with his father on the 24th floor when the fire ripped through the building and he only escaped because he was praying at his local mosque.

The court heard a booking was made for Gamoota at a Holiday Inn where he racked up a £374 room service bill.

He was also put up at a second hotel and the total fraud amounted to £6,784, Isleworth Crown Court heard.

Gamoota has become the fifth convicted Grenfell fraudster, following Joyce Msokeri, 47, Anh Nhu Nguyen, 53, Elaine Douglas, 51, and Tommy Brooks, 52.

Judge Robin Johnson told him: 'You claimed your father Abel Salem had died in the fire. That was a name that had been reported in the press. 

The fraudster claimed he was living with his father on the 24th floor when the fire ripped through the building

The fraudster claimed he was living with his father on the 24th floor when the fire ripped through the building

The Grenfell Tower fire took place on June 14 last year in North Kensington, West London

The Grenfell Tower fire took place on June 14 last year in North Kensington, West London

'You had no connection with this family. A cash payment was made for £500 and a further payment was made for £5,000. 

'Due to a technical hitch you were only able to obtain £500 of that payment. You were not deterred and continued to call your social worker in pursuance of this claim.

'This was not a moment of madness. You spent days in accommodation that was set aside for those who were grief stricken, homeless and no doubt in a state of shock. 

'That did not stop you tapping into the funds that had been rightly made available for those people.'

Gamoota first approached staff at the Westway Centre two days after the devastating fire in North Kensington, West London, on June 16.

He was assigned a social worker by Harrow Council, who was tasked with taking care of Gamoota while he was given hotel accommodation.

The social worker spoke with him on June 22 and met with him in the lobby of the Holiday Inn where he told her he lived at flat 219 on the 24th floor.

Grenfell Tower smoulders after the devastating blaze ripped through the tower block last June

Grenfell Tower smoulders after the devastating blaze ripped through the tower block last June

The court heard that he claimed to have been a resident there for seven years and at the time of the blaze he was at midnight prayers. 

Gamoota was given £500 and told he would receive a total of £5,000. But due to issues with his bank account, he only ever received £500.

Gamoota approached the social worker again to say that the payment of £5,000 had not materialised.

The other four Grenfell Tower fraudsters

The latest fraud conviction comes two days after two illegal immigrants who lied about living in Grenfell to claim more than £120,000 in handouts pleaded guilty to fraud on Wednesday.

Elaine Douglas

Elaine Douglas

Jamaican nationals Elaine Douglas, 51, and Tommy Brooks, 52, spent eight months living in a four-star hotel at the taxpayers' expense at a cost of £400-a-night.

Tommy Brooks

Tommy Brooks

They also spent more than £20,000 on meals and clothing on pre-paid credit cards which were

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