Man charged ‘after uncovering body of Grenfell fire victim and posting picture on Facebook’

A man who allegedly uncovered the body of a Grenfell Tower block victim and posted a picture on Facebook has been charged with a criminal offence.

Omega Mwaikambo, 43, will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday.

He has been charged under section 127 of the Communications Act which relates to "Improper use of a public electronic communications network".

A person is guilty of the crime if they "sends by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character."

The suspect is placed in handcuffs
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Earlier in the day, the man had been pictured next to a body
(Photo: UK News in Pictures)

The fire has left at least 17 dead with fears the toll could be much higher
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The disturbing image appeared on Facebook on Thursday with the caption "Does anyone know this body laying outside my flat for more than two hours?"

Those who saw the post contacted police and a man was pictured being arrested close to the scene of the blaze that has left at least 17 dead.

The Met Police said in a statement: "Omega Mwaikamba, 43, of Testerton Walk, W11, was charged on Thursday, 15 June with two counts under s127 of the Communications Act.

"He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 16 June."