The father of one of the men questioned over the burning of a Grenfell Tower effigy was shot in the head and dumped in a suitcase 16 years ago, it emerged today.
Paul Bussetti was among six men questioned by police after a video of men burning a model of the fire-hit tower block was circulated online.
He is in hiding today, along with his wife, daughter and his daughter’s boyfriend, after the group were whisked out of Croydon police station by officers last night.
Friends have told how Bussetti’s father, Lorenzo, known as ‘Len’, was previously the victim of a horrific murder in London in 2002.
Paul Bussetti (left) is one of six men questioned over the burning of a Grenfell Tower effigy. It emerged today that his father, Lorenzo (right), was murder in east London in 2002
Bussetti and his wife Gemma have gone into hiding after he was released by police last night
Bussetti’s daughter Danielle was also at the bonfire party. Her boyfriend Trent Bogle is one of the six people questioned by police
Mr Bussetti Snr, a millionaire landlord who owned four houses, was shot in the head in Brixton before his body was hidden in a suitcase and dumped in bushes in Hackney.
A court later heard that Paul had been involved in the searches for him after he went missing. One of his father’s tenants was later charged with the murder.
A friend of Bussetti’s told The Sun: ‘Paul should know better. His dad was murdered in a horrific attack and put in a suitcase. He himself should know how it feels to lose someone.’
Mr Bussetti Snr was described at the time of his death as a ‘laid back, easy-going and non-confrontational’ person whose family were expecting him home at the time he was murdered.
Bussetti Jnr is now in hiding along with his wife, Gemma, and daughter, Daniella, after the anger over the Grenfell bonfire video.
Bussetti was a neighbour of Clifford Smith, who hosted the party which caused anger around the country. He is understood to work in the scaffolding business along with his son.
He drives a black Range Rover with a personalised number plate while his daughter has recently taken delivery of a new Fiat 500 car.
Family members of the men yesterday claimed that the incident was simply a joke that got ‘out of hand’ after a drinking binge.
Mr Bussetti and his family, whose £500,000 home (pictured) has a ‘party animals’ plaque in its porch, are scared for their safety
This is the horrifying moment a group of friends torched an effigy of Grenfell Tower on Bonfire Night which had faces on the side
A relative of Bussetti said: ‘We’re in so much danger now. They didn’t want it to go this far. They are not racist. It’s been blown out of proportion. It was horrible what they’ve done. Let them try to forget it’.
The woman, who described herself as a close family member, added: ‘I admit it’s stupid, so stupid. The comments that were made were just not nice. It’s so bad. They knew it was wrong, that’s why they came forward.’
She added: ‘We fear for our safety. They are going to be paying now, aren’t they?’
Another woman at the property, where Bussetti’s Range Rover sport featuring personalised number plates and a St George’s flag sat outside, said: ‘They’re hard working people. It was stupid and distasteful. There was no malice in it.’
However, neighbours described Bussetti, 46, as ‘aggressive’ and said he constantly started arguments over parking. They said large groups of women revellers visited the property in the evening, upsetting other residents.
A local resident added: ‘They are very much into their parties and get very drunk. They do no need an excuse to drink.’
Steve Bull (pictured) and his partner, a teacher, are believed to have made the effigy as part of a competition. Mr Bull is believed to be pictured with the model, right
Bobbi Connell, 19, pictured and circled in the video, has been named by his grandfather as being in the shocking Grenfell Tower bonfire film
Welder Cliff Smith was among the people arrested but they have all been released as police work out if they can be charged
Mark Russell, who lives around a two miles away in West Norwood with his wife Debbie (together left), is in the video (right)
Who are the Grenfell effigy burning gang?
Clifford Smith, 49, a welder, hosted the bonfire party at his South Norwood home.
His son Bobbi Connell, 19, who lives with his father at the address, is also understood to have handed himself in to police with his father on Monday night.
Removals and van hire company director Steve Bull, 55, is understood to have built the Grenfell Tower effigy with the help of his teacher partner, who has not been named.
Bull used to be married to Clifford Smith’s sister Karen but they have remained good friends and enjoying fishing together.
Paul Bussetti, 46, who is also in the scaffolding business, was at the event with daughter Daniella Bussetti, 19, wife Gemma and son Charlie, a friend said.
Mr Bussetti, who lives in a neighbouring street to Mr Smith, was the son of property millionaire Lorenzo, known as Len, who was shot in the head and murdered by a tenant in a row over money in 2002.
Daniella’s boyfriend Trent Bogle, 19, the son of a south-east London pub landlord, was also filmed at the event and is also believed to have been questioned.
Friend Mark Russell, 49, who lives around two miles away from his friend Cliff Smith in West Norwood, was also in the film. It is not known if his wife of 27 years Debbie was at the party.
Six suspects, aged 19, 19, 46, 49, 49 and 55, were arrested and released under investigation over the bonfire video.
They were all arrested under section 4a of the Public Order Act after attending a police station in Croydon, South London.
It is thought the group were driven out of the back of the police station custody suite in two unmarked vans that went in different directions to a secret location.
A police statement said: ‘The Met’s Grenfell Tower Investigation Team continues to lead enquiries.’
The suspects from south London have been arrested on suspicion of breaching the Public Order Act over the sick bonfire party on Saturday.
Detectives will also be investigating if the fire was one of three other crimes: A hate crime, outraging public decency or sending malicious communications because the video was shared on WhatsApp by a partygoer.
But prosecutors are split over whether the men could or should be put in the dock, with the one of the CPS’ former top lawyer saying: ‘Something that’s grossly offensive doesn’t necessarily become a criminal offence’.
The video was filmed at the address of Smith, who is a buy-to-let landlord, in south Norwood.
The Prime Minister led condemnation of the bonfire, saying: ‘To disrespect those who lost their lives at Grenfell Tower, as well as their families and loved ones, is utterly unacceptable.’
The chairman of the public inquiry into the fire, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, said yesterday: ‘It must be shocking and distressing to all those involved.
‘I am very pleased to hear that the authorities are taking the matter very seriously.’