A celebrity stylist who stole more than £30,000 worth of gems from Mick Jagger’s jewellery designer daughter is today facing jail.
Ojuri ‘Charles’ Adesanya, 29, pocketed the bespoke jewellery from Jade Jagger after claiming it would be used for a bogus fashion shoot in women’s magazine, Harpers Bazaar China.
Adesanya used the same ruse to dupe aristocratic designer Celia Weinstock into handing over more than £143,000 of jewels, using a forged letter from a previous genuine commission from the fashion magazine to secure the handmade gems.
Adesanya, whose clients include boy band JLS and Golden Globe winning actress Jessica Chastain, swindled jewellery worth a total of £367,949 – including £129,700 from Frost of London; £55,835 from EC1 Jewellers, and £8,555 from designer Kristjan Eyjolfsson.
He then pawned the items for a fraction of their value in a bid to clear mounting debts, Southwark Crown Court heard
He appeared in the dock at Southwark Crown Court today smartly dressed in a black suit and tie and spoke only to confirm his identity and plead guilty to five counts of fraud and four further counts of theft.
The scam took place between August 6 2013 and May 7 2013.
A further fraud count in relation to procurement of a £3,000 suit from top designer Alexander McQueen, using the same method, is likely to be left on the court file.
Adesanya, from Chafford Hundred, Grays, Essex, had initially denied the charges and had been due to stand trial in May.
Adjourning sentencing for reports, Judge Alistair McCreath released Adesanya on bail but warned him that all options were open when he returned for sentencing on 28 July.
‘You need to fully understand that I’m not deciding on the right sentence today,’ he said. ‘No decision that I have made today has any bearing on what sentence you are going to get…
‘These are serious offences and the court will be thinking seriously about the right sentence.’
On his website, Adesanya boasts of being a ‘cutting edge stylist’ who jet-sets between New York, Paris, London and Los Angeles.