Man smashed up his mother’s head­stone at ceme­tery

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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.

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