Man who filmed Grenfell Tower bonfire video cleared

A married father-of-two who filmed a cardboard model of Grenfell Tower being burned on a bonfire has been cleared by a judge who branded handling of evidence in the case “appalling”. Paul Bussetti was on trial accused of sending a “grossly offensive” video on WhatsApp. Footage, taken in Mr Bussetti’s friend’s garden at an annual bonfire party last year, prompted outrage when it was shared widely online and made the national news, and was criticised as “vile” by a relative of one of the victims of the 2017 disaster. But the 47-year-old was found not guilty after a two-day trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, after it was revealed that evidence in the case had not been disclosed to his defence team.

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