HAMMER ATTACK COSTS SON
Man smashed up his mother’s headstone at cemetery
A RETIRED company director who tried to wreck his dead mother’s grave by smashing her granite memorial with a hammer, has agreed to pay £4,500 to replace it.
Larry Zalcman, from Drews Park, Knotty Green, Beaconsfield, was heard carrying out his sacrilegious spree in broad daylight last November by a cemetery attendant, who flagged down a passing police car.
Zalcman was arrested for causing criminal damage to his mother June Zalcman’s memorial headstone and given an official police caution.
But the 64-year-old faced a second legal tussle last week when he appeared before a District Judge to give an undertaking he would not damage his late mother’s grave again.
Police said Zalcman, a director of Alfriston School in Beaconsfield, was arrested on November 3 2015 last year after he was caught battering a headstone in the Jewish section of the cemetery in Long Ditton, Surrey.
He had smashed it with a hammer, breaking off large chunks and leaving the rest of it with hammer marks.
Mrs Zalcman’s grave remains desecrated, with the headstone damaged beyond repair in an area of the cemetery consecrated by the Kingston Liberal Jewish Synagogue.
When her son appeared before District Judge Philip Glen at High Wycombe County Court last week, it was expected he would challenge the injunction and full details of a financial dispute between his mother and himself would have been aired. Instead, Zalcman, agreed to give an
Continued from front page undertaking not to damage the grave again and pay costs of £4,500 towards the replacement of the headstone. No details of the incident were revealed at the court hearing. Leaving court Zalcman refused to comment on the proceedings or to give any details of the claim.
The damaged memorial headstone is engraved in gold lettering, recording that June Zalcman lived between September 1929 and November 2013. It mentions she is much loved and sadly missed by her devoted daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
There is no mention of Larry Zalcman on the memorial.