Man admits sending grossly offensive video about Grenfell Tower

Paul Bussetti pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Picture: PA)

A man has admitted sending a ‘grossly offensive’ video about the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Paul Bussetti pleaded guilty to one count at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, after the footage showed a cardboard model of the building being burned on a bonfire.

The 49-year-old, from Croydon, south London, was previously found not guilty after a two-day trial – but his acquittal was quashed by the High Court.

Bussetti filmed the footage at an annual bonfire party hosted by a friend in November 2018, just over a year on from the disaster which killed 72 people in West London.

It was widely shared in WhatsApp groups and made national news – sparking outrage.

The clip was criticised as ‘vile’ by a relative of one of the victims.

The court heard Bussetti said in the video: ‘That’s what happens when you don’t pay the rent.’

Grenfell Tower in west London.

The 2017 tragedy in west London killed 72 people (Picture: PA)

There were direct and indirect references to the residents of Grenfell Tower in the clip, the court was told.

They included comments of: ‘Who’s jumping?’; ‘Don’t worry, stay in your flats’; and ‘Jump out of the window’.

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