Defaced memorial man faces sentence
A 21-year-old man who pleaded guilty to scrawling graffiti about Fusilier Lee Rigby's murder on the RAF Bomber Command War Memorial will be sentenced today.
Daniel Smith, of Grecian Street North, Salford, Lancashire, admitted writing ''Lee Rigby's killers should hang'' on the memorial in central London on June 5 - a monument he did not realise was a war memorial.
His defence counsel Colleen Gildernew told a hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court last week that Smith was "disgusted with himself" for the act. He had also daubed "EDL" and "f**** the police" on the Green Park memorial.
Damage to the memorial, created to remember the thousands of RAF crew who lost their lives in the Second World War, amounted to £870. The memorial was vandalised twice in just over a week following the murder of Fusilier Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London, on May 22.
Smith also pleaded guilty to causing £510 of criminal damage to a wall of a commercial property in Knightsbridge at the previous court hearing.
District Judge Quentin Purdy has warned Smith that a custodial sentence is a possibility. Smith, who has 44 previous convictions, is due to be sentenced at the same court today.