Matthew Leveson Memorial Vandalised On Eve of Funeral

Matthew Leveson

A memorial for Matthew Leveson has been found vandalised on the eve of the late 20-year-old Sydney man’s funeral.

The memorial was created on a tree in the National Park where the 20-year-old’s remains were found in May last year.

Matthew’s father Mark Leveson posted a photo of the tree to social media on Thursday evening and said he was “absolutely devastated” by the discovery.

“The night before Matty’s funeral we visited his memorial tree in the National Park to find it vandalised,” he wrote.

“Butterflies taken, gifts taken, memorial plaques taken, fresh flowers taken. Nothing is left!

“We were only down there last Friday leaving fresh flowers and all was in place. How could someone be so low? We are just devastated.”

Matthew’s mother Faye Leveson said her “heart was broken” to see the stripped tree.

“How could someone do this on the eve of Matt’s funeral?” she wrote.

Matthew disappeared after leaving a Sydney nightclub in the early morning in September 2007. His boyfriend at the time, Michael Atkins, was last to see him alive and was charged with murder in 2008, but was acquitted in 2009.

Years later, Atkins led police to the National Park after he was granted immunity from prosecution for perjury at a coronial inquest into Leveson’s death, in return for information leading to the discovery of Leveson’s remains.

After more than a decade, Matthew’s family will finally be able to lay Matthew to rest at a funeral service in Sutherland, south of Sydney on Friday afternoon.

The family has said all are welcome to celebrate their son’s life, and they’ve requested attendees wear bright colours or a splash of Matthew’s favourite colour, purple, to the service.

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