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New Cross conman threatened to burn down Bromley women's homes
POLICE want other victims of a New Cross conman to come forward after he was jailed for defrauding two vulnerable women in Bromley and threatening to burn their homes down.
Martin Adeniran, aged 23, of Hunsdon Road, vowed to harm the women's families unless they took out a number of mobile phone contracts for him.
After striking up a friendship with his first victim, aged 20, in January, Adeniran asked if she could take out some mobile phone contracts on his behalf, due to his poor credit rating.
When she refused, he threatened to send people round to her home. The next day three women turned up and warned her she would be harmed if she did not agree with Adeniran's demands.
He continued to make further threats, including that he would burn her house down and kill both her and her young son.
Eventually, the victim took out four mobile phone contracts at shops in Bromley, with Adeniran immediately seizing the phones and supporting paperwork.
A second woman, aged 21, was also asked to take out phone contracts. When she refused, he threatened to burn down the property she was staying at while her friend and daughter were inside.
The fearful victim took out four phone contracts that day, plus another two in Islington the next day, with everything again being handed over to Adeniran.
Adeniran admitted conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation on the first day of his trial at Woolwich Crown Court on June 3. On August 16 he was sentenced to four years.
But police believe there may be further victims who he exploited.
Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Pete Thomas said: "Adeniran ruthlessly targeted these two women and made them fear that their lives, or those of their loved ones, would be in serious danger unless they consented to his demands.
"His brazen confidence during his dealings with the victims means we strongly suspect that he might have previously defrauded other people."
Anyone who believes they were a victim call police on 020 8721 4614.
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