Ronald Coyne has been unmasked as a member of Nicola Sturgeon's extended family
Ronald Coyne tried to torch the bank note in front of a rough sleeper while dressed in a white bow tie, according to the Scottish Sun.
The incident saw the first year law student reportedly booted out of the Cambridge University Conservative Association, where he was an executive member, and the video was widely condemened by fellow students.
It has now emerged he is distantly linked to Ms Sturgeon, the Scottish Prime Minister, through her sister-in-law's first marriage.
Coyne is the nephew of the ex-husband of Ms Sturgeon's sister-in-law.
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Holyrood distanced the Scottish PM from Coyne.
A Scottish Government spokesperson told The Sun: “There are six or seven degrees between them.
“He might go around saying he is her nephew but he’s not.
“She has no recollection of ever meeting him.
“Somewhere along the line his dad is the brother of the ex-husband of the sister of the First Minister’s husband.”
In the clip someone is seen trying to set fire to a £20 note
He might go around saying he is her nephew but he’s not. She has no recollection of ever meeting him
Scottish Government spokesperson dismisses Coyne's links to Nicola Sturgeon
In the video, a person is filmed appearing to struggle to light a note, while the shocked filmmaker panned to the homeless person.
He is heard saying "some homeless shelter" before the video cuts out.
The footage was reportedly taken in the early hours of February 2.
Speaking to student newspaper The Tab, a Cambridge resident who saw the student soon after the incident said: "I was blocked from getting into my college as some chap in white tie was being excluded by the porters.
"I saw the videos of what he did the next morning, and am utterly shocked and appalled that someone would do such a thing.
"I'm sure I speak on behalf of the student body when I say that we condemn such actions."
Coyne is a first year law student at Cambridge University
Cambridge University Conservative Association said in a statement: “The CUCA committee became aware of serious allegations against a member late last week concerning his private behaviour.
“There is no room for people who behave like that in our Association, any other University Association, or frankly our University.”
They added: “This disgusting and abhorrent behaviour occurred completely independently of CUCA, and did not take place before or after any CUCA event.
“We determined the appropriate response to be to revoke his membership and bar him from all future events, which we did on Saturday.”
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