Bristol: Gravestone vandal left observe on grave saying ‘diabetes received’


25-year-old Simona Julius brought Liam Scarman’s family into great distress (Image: SWNS).

A woman was imprisoned after destroying a young man’s grave by saying, “Ha Ha Ha Liam. Looks like diabetes has recovered. ‘

The 25-year-old Simona Julius also dabbed ‘p *** yhole bruv’ in paint on Liam Scarman’s tombstone and devastated his family.

The 22-year-old died of diabetes on Boxing Day 2017 after suffering from diabetic hypo.

Julius carried out the “evil” attack on his grave overnight from November 26-27, 2020 – just one month before Liam’s three-year anniversary of death.

Their motives are unclear, but the family believe the perpetrator has been linked to a former love rival.

In a personal statement in court, Liam’s mother Sue Witt described how Julius ‘actions’ took over the lives of ‘family members’.

The note on Liam Scarman's destroyed grave
The note left on Liam Scarman’s destroyed grave reading: “Ha Ha Liam. Looks like diabetes has won again! P *** yhole bruv ‘(Image: SWNS)

Liam Scarman's destroyed grave
Julius also damaged the grave with paint and wrote ‘p *** yhole’ on the back (Image: SWNS)

She said, “Losing a child is the worst grief you can imagine. It consumed my life.

After I found out that someone had damaged Liam’s grave, he intensified all of those emotions and reversed the progress I had made in dealing with his death.

“I think people wonder what kind of person Liam was, how terrible he must have been for someone to damage his grave like they did when in reality everyone who knew him loved him.

“I never knew he would do anything bad or terrible to anyone. I don’t understand why she did it. ‘

Julius was sentenced to eight weeks in prison today in Bristol Magistrates Court for damaging the headstone at Westerleigh Crematorium in Bristol.

She had admitted criminal harm and two cases of malicious communications at a previous hearing. She was also ordered to pay the family £ 500 in damages and issued a three-year restraining order.

Liam Scarman
Liam, 22, died of diabetes on Boxong Day 2017 (SWNS)

District Judge Lynne Matthews described Julius’ actions as “confusing” and “nasty” and said they had hit “the heart” of Liam’s grieving family.

The court heard that Julius also left notes addressed to Liam’s father, plumber and heating engineer Trevor Scarman, 65.

In his statement, he said, “When I found out that Liam’s tombstone had been destroyed, I had a numb feeling that went through my body. My first reaction was why?

‘Why did someone damage it? Why was only Liam’s being targeted? I just can’t believe how someone can write such disgusting things about my son.

‘The physical damage has been repaired, but the emotional damage will take much longer to repair.

Simona Julius.
Simona Julius has been imprisoned for eight weeks (Image: SWNS)

“It’s like someone sticking a knife and twisting it. Our family is completely disturbed.

“When I committed such criminal damage along with hideous notes on myself, I felt devastated.”

Liam, who worked in insurance sales, died at his father’s house in Winterbourne Down while he was living with his brother Oliver and girlfriend.

Investigator PC Kyle Maywood said, “I am glad we identified the culprit and brought relief to the family, but Julius never answered the question of what motivated them to do this and cause so much suffering.

“I hope the phrase will help Liam’s family move this behind so that they can remember him as their beloved son and brother, rather than Julius’ hateful actions.

“I also hope that the case gives other victims of hate crimes with disabilities the confidence to report incidents to us.”

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