Son, 64, ad­mits des­e­crat­ing mother’s grave

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Harry Yorke

A RE­TIRED com­pany di­rec­tor has been rep­ri­manded by a judge and will pay £4,500 in costs af­ter de­stroy­ing his mother’s grave­stone with a ham­mer.

Larry Zal­cman, 64, was seen des­e­crat­ing his mother’s grave by a ceme­tery at­ten­dant in Long Dit­ton, Sur­rey, in Novem­ber 2015. Zal­cman, from Drews Park, Bucks, was ar­rested by Sur­rey Po­lice on sus­pi­cion of caus­ing crim­i­nal dam­age, but was later given a po­lice cau­tion af­ter ad­mit­ting his guilt.

The in­ci­dent was ini­tially be­lieved to be an act of anti-Semitic van­dal­ism. But court records show that Zal­cman may have been har­bour­ing re­sent­ment to­wards his mother af­ter an un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt to gain con­trol of her fi­nances in 2009. She died in 2013.

At High Wy­combe county court, Judge Philip Glen ac­cepted Zal­cman’s of­fer to pay the full costs of re­plac­ing the grave­stone and pro­hib­ited him from re­turn­ing to the ceme­tery.

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