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Grenfell Tower fire: Man jailed for taking photos of victim admits it was 'morally wrong' but describes shock at three-month prison term

Omega Mwaikambo posted images online of a loosely covered corpse while flames still consumed the building

A man who posted photos of a Grenfell Tower fire victim on his Facebook page says he was shocked to be jailed.

Omega Mwaikambo feels he did not deserve his three-month prison term, but said he regretted his actions, calling them morally wrong.

The 43-year-old told BBC Newsnight he was traumatised at the time he took pictures of the loosely covered corpse hours after the blaze on June 14 .

Describing the fire near his home as being like 9/11 but “real in front of my eyes”, he said: “I took the picture, I didn’t do anything wrong, just a picture. I didn’t steal, I didn’t kill. I didn’t commit any crime that I know is ... high risk.”

He added: “I couldn’t believe it (the sentence) was that long. Not that I was expecting a short time but that length of period of time to be in prison really shocked me.”

At least 80 people were killed in the disaster, currently the subject of a public inquiry led by Sir Martin Moore-Bick .

Mwaikambo, of Testerton Walk, close to the base of the Grenfell Tower, pleaded guilty to two offences contrary to section 127 of the Communications Act at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

He was sentenced to six weeks for each offence, to be served consecutively.

Omega Mwaikambo said he was shocked by the length of his prison sentence(Image: Metropolitan Police)

He told Newsnight he used his iPad to take pictures when he came across the body close to his home.

He said he accepted people would be angry at what he did at 5am on June 14, and he felt “so bad”.

But he added: “I was in and out of my senses but I was really struggling to compose myself.

“That body was not meant to be there in the first place, regardless of what ... I could understand that there was something massive happening outside, but it should not be kept in that place, in a patch of dirty water.

“That really messed my head up.”

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