A man has denied two charges relating to a video posted online of a cardboard effigy of Grenfell Tower being burnt on a bonfire.
Paul Bussetti, 46, denied sending a ‘grossly offensive’ video on WhatsApp and causing footage of a ‘menacing character’ to be uploaded on YouTube.
Bussetti, of South Norwood, south-east London, wore a dark grey suit as he entered two not guilty pleas under the Communications Act 2003 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
The video of the Grenfell Tower model being set alight at a fireworks night party in south-east London drew fierce criticism when it appeared online last year.
The clip showed several people carrying the cardboard model of the tower, which claimed 72 lives when it caught fire in June 2017, before placing it on a bonfire.
Bussetti denied one charge of sending the video on a WhatsApp group on November 3 and a second that alleged he ’caused to be sent’ the footage on YouTube.
The Grenfell Tower fire on June 14, 2017, in west London, killed 72 people.
The youngest victim was Logan Gomes, who was stillborn after his mother escaped the fire.
Six men were arrested and a seventh interviewed under caution over the video.
Bussetti, of Sundial Avenue, will go on trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on July 29.