A woman who vandalised the grave of a diabetic man has been jailed.
Bristol Woman who left “sick and disgusting” note on grave is jailed. She put a “sick and disgusting” note on the grave which read “Ha Ha Ha Liam. Looks like diabetes won again.” A judge described the actions of Simona Julius, 25, a “wicked” act after she splashed paint on the headstone of deceased Liam Scarman.
Liam died aged 22 after suffering a diabetic “hypo”. Julius attacked the grave in November last year at Westerleigh Crematorium in Bristol. She was jailed for eight weeks at Bristol Magistrates Court for desecrating the headstone.
She was also given a three year restraining order and had to pay £500 compensation to Liam’s family.
The reason for the attack on the grave remains unclear although family members believe she was known to their son due to a previous relationship.
The family of Liam have been left “extremely distressed” over the incident. Liam’s mother, Sue Witt,said her actions have literally “taken over” their lives.
In a statement to the court she said “Losing a child is the worst possible grief you could imagine. It has consumed my life. Having found out that somebody had damaged Liam’s grave just compounded all those emotions and undid the progress I had made in dealing with his death.
I think people are wondering what kind of person Liam was, how horrible a person he must have been for somebody to damage his grave the way they did, when in reality everybody who knew him loved him.
He never did anything nasty or horrible to anybody. I don’t understand why she did it.”
Other notes that Julius left on the grave were addressed to Liam’s father. 65-year-old Trevor Scarman, who said in his statement “When I found out Liam’s headstone had been vandalised, I had a numb feeling that went through my body.
My initial reaction was why? Why had someone damaged it? Why just Liam’s was targeted? How anyone can write such disgusting things about my son I just cannot believe.
The physical damage has been repaired but the emotional damage will take far longer to repair. It’s like someone is sticking a knife in and twisting it. Our family are completely distraught.
To commit an act of criminal damage like this along with vile notes addressed to me has left me feeling devastated.” PC Kyle Maywood, an investigating officer on the case, said “I’m glad that we were able to identify the culprit and bring some relief to the family, but Julius has never answered the question of what motivated her to act as she did and cause such distress.
I hope the sentence will help Liam’s family to put this behind them so they are able to remember him as their much-loved son and brother and not Julius’ hateful actions.”