Hackney resident appeared in court over false Grenfell Tower claims

Grenfell Tower pictured in 2021. Pic: PA Media

A woman from Hackney appeared in court on Monday amid accusations of lying about living in Grenfell Tower to gain “housing and financial support”.

Nura Adulkader, 40, of Clifden Road, was among others who appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court facing a series of fraud allegations.

The largest fraud accusation was against Salma Said, 48, who is said to have falsely claimed to have lost her home in the Grenfell Tower fire with a series of frauds totalling to £400,000.

Adulkader, alongside another two women, was said to be linked to parts of Said’s offending.

The fire, which happened in June 2017, killed 72 people over a faulty fridge and poor cladding.

Prosecutor Bharti Joshi told the court the case was not suitable for summary trial given the level of alleged culpability after each defendant indicated not guilty pleas to all offences.

According to Big Issue, Grenfell Tower is currently empty, though has been deemed safe and stable by experts who continue to monitor it.

The building is hidden behind two layers of cladding. The outer layer is replaced every year, which takes about ten weeks to complete, to prevent it from deteriorating. 

Grenfell Tower Inquiry said their phase 1 and phase 2 efforts to aid Grenfell after the tragedy have disclosed over 320,000 documents to Core participants, have received over 1,600 witness statements, and have held more than 300 public hearings.

Michael Gove said in letter to former residents March last year “now is not the right time to take a decision about the future of Grenfell Tower”. The government have stressed this is “not a time-limited conversation”. 

Chair of the magistrates’ bench Lucinda Lubbock granted all five bail ahead a further hearing at Isleworth Crown Court on March 27.

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