A man who disguises himself as a former resident of the Grenfell Tower to avoid a prison sentence for burglary has been imprisoned for six years.
Derrick Peters, 58, was housed in the Park Grand hotel in Paddington, west London, after claiming to have lost his friend and all his possessions during the fire on June 14 last year.
He ran a bill of £ 40,000 while staying in the £ 192-per-night room, spending more than £ 5,000 on food, drinks, and laundry.
Peters was arrested on August 10 after burning down a nearby flat, stealing jewelry and other items worth around £ 3,000.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea continued to pay for his room for two months while being held in prison at Wandsworth Prison.
He returned to the hotel after receiving a commission from the community after he had said his Grenfell lies in anticipation to the judge who sentenced him to the Isleworth crown court on 16 October.
The judge, who had no reason to doubt his story, said, "How on earth can you begin to understand what it's like to lose a friend in a tragedy like Grenfell?"
Peters continued the pretension and was even offered a flat for real victims of the disaster, killing 72 people.
However, his story was unraveled after Rebecca Ross, a survivor from Grenfell whose father Steve Power had died in the fire, confirmed that Peters had not lived with them and their three dogs as he claimed.
Peters pleaded guilty of perverting the court of justice and two counts of fraud at the Isleworth Crown Court and was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday. He was also resentenced for the original burglary.
The judge, Robin Johnson, told Peters that he was certain he'd been spared in prison earlier because of his "shameless lie" in court. "It has been designed to draw hearts, and has succeeded, just as the similar lies have yielded your hotel accommodation and money," he said.
"Your behavior from June last year was utterly shameful, you have cheated and lied to your own ends, acting in the misery of others, and in such a case there can be little mercy."
Johnson said that Peters' crimes had reached such depths as a right-minded member of the public would find disgusting & # 39 ;.
"You did not only pierce someone's house, but when you were caught, you clung to the same idea that you had enriched for weeks," he continued. "You have developed false mitigation designed to protect you from punishment.
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The court heard Peters forty convictions for 90 offenses, including 24 for fraud and 73 for theft. He is the sixth person convicted of fraud with the fire of Grenfell and has received the longest prison sentence ever.
In a read-out statement, Edward Daffarn, a member of the Grenfell United group of survivors, said he was sick & # 39; left behind by what Peters had done.
The judge told Peters: "The facts of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy are known, and the effect on those who died, their families and friends can not be thought of by those who have not been directly affected.
"Members of the public, indeed the nation, were shocked by the terrible event, the fact that the unscrupulous tries to enrich itself with accommodation, room service and money is all the more shocking in the light of the stream of grief and sympathy that followed the disaster. & # 39;