Man Charged For Vandalising Sydney War Memorial
A man has been charged with defacing a statue of a soldier at the Cenotaph commemorating those who died in WWI in Sydney's Martin Place.
The 43-year-old was captured on CCTV at about 9.30pm on Thursday removing flowers from a wreath and putting them in the statue's hand, NSW Police said.
He also allegedly placed a cigarette lighter on the statue's arm, put a cigarette in its rifle and then poured beer on its feet.
The man was arrested nearby and charged with committing an offensive act in or on a war memorial and wilfully damaging or defacing a protected place.
He's been granted conditional bail and is due to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on September 5.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was a "senseless" act.
"An attack on any war memorial is an attack on Australian values and the heroic legacy of our veterans," she tweeted on Friday.