A Sutton woman, who invented a fake Grenfell Tower victim so she could falsely claim £19,000, accommodation, and various donations has been jailed.

Joyce Msokeri, 47, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison today (April 6) for posing as a resident at the time of the fire on June 14 last year.

This was despite living miles away at an address in Ambledside Gardens, Sutton.

Kate Mulholland, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Msokeri’s offences were not just about money but involved the exploitation of extremely vulnerable people, as well as the breach of trust of survivors, donors and relief workers.

“Our prosecution showed she persuaded one vulnerable man to pretend to be her husband as part of her scam.

“She also claimed her supposed husband had not died in the fire as she first thought, but had been living in a cave.

“This was all to satisfy her greed and she will now have to face the consequences of her dishonesty.”

Unmarried Msokeri tried to claim food, clothing, money, and accommodation in a Hilton hotel in Kensington where she stayed for nearly two months.

The Crown Prosecution Service said her room was so full of clothes and other goods that she had to keep a pile of suitcases in the concierge’s room.

She claimed to have moved into Grenfell Tower last February to live with her ‘husband’ along with her sister-in-law, before telling investigators she had found him living in a cave in Margate, Kent, living with tourists.

Ms Msokeri also persuaded a vulnerable man to pose as her husband, going to the length of admitting him into a mental health ward to support her claim for a new home alongside compensation.