Fake identity accused David Onamade denies 'living a lie'

David Onamade The accused said no-one had ever told him he was not David Onamade

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The former head of the Somerset Racial Equality Council, who is accused of stealing another identity, has denied a claim that he had been living a lie.

David Onamade is charged with fraudulently trying to claim benefits and possessing documents for use in connection with fraud.

The 52-year-old denies buying the identity in Nigeria.

The prosecution claim the real David Onamade is the identity of a man living in London who is autistic.

The accused told the court he had had his national insurance number since 1991.

'I don't know him'

"I have worked all my life and no-one has ever told me I am not David Onamade," he told the jury.

Under cross-examination, prosecutor Simon Goodman said to him: "You've lived a lie for so long that now you cannot back away from it."

"No that is not correct," he replied.

Mr Onamade denied he had purchased the identity, and told the court he had been born in Greenwich.

Mr Goodman asked him whether he had been using David Onamade's identity

David Onamade from London The prosecution claims the identity of David Onamade, and his birth certificate belong in fact to an autistic man from London.

"No, I don't know him. I've never met him or his family," he replied.

The accused denied he had been given the identity in Nigeria, and said he had not paid for it.

"What happens if you are not the person who you say you are?" Mr Goodman asked.

"That is scary," he replied.

The accused faces three charges of fraudulently trying to claim benefits and two charges of possessing documents - a birth certificate and a driving licence - for use in connection with fraud.

The case came to light when the Somerset Racial Equality Council closed last year and Mr Onamade, who had been its director for nine years, tried to claim Jobseeker's Allowance.

The National Insurance number he gave belonged to a David Onamade from London.

The trial continues.

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