Man pleads 'not guilty' to Grenfell bonfire video charges

Man pleads not guilty to Grenfell bonfire video charges

Paul Bussetti, 46, from South Norwood has pleaded not guilty after being accused of filming the effigy

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A man accused of filming a burning model of Grenfell Tower has pleaded not guilty to two charges.

Paul Bussetti, 46, from south-east London, denied sending a "grossly offensive" video on WhatsApp and causing footage of a "menacing character" to be uploaded on YouTube.

Bussetti contested both counts under the Communications Act 2003 when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court today.

The model of Grenfell Tower above a fire. 

The video of a cardboard model of Grenfell Tower being burnt at a bonfire party prompted wide-spread criticism when it was posted online last year.

Six men were arrested and a seventh interviewed under caution over the video.

Bussetti, who spoke only to confirm his particulars and enter his pleas, was released on unconditional bail.

The defendant, of Sundial Avenue, will go on trial at the same court on July 29.

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