Gregory Michael Palmer, a 60-year-old resident of Leeds, is set to make an appearance at Leeds Magistrates Court tomorrow, facing charges of destroying a replica plaque that honoured the life and contributions of David Oluwale.
Palmer’s legal summons comes after he was formally accused through a postal requisition of committing criminal damage to the replica plaque, which had been situated at Leeds Bridge. The incident in question occurred on July 7 of the previous year.
Additionally, Palmer has been charged with racially aggravated criminal damage pertaining to an incident that took place on April 17, 2022, at commercial premises located on Wellington Street in Leeds.
The replica plaque, installed as a replacement after the theft of the original metal plaque on April 25 of the previous year, met a similar fate as its predecessor. This unfortunate event marks the second time the memorial has been targeted for destruction.
In connection with the theft of the original plaque, a man in his thirties was arrested on May 9. However, he was subsequently released under investigation, and ongoing inquiries are being conducted regarding his involvement in the theft.
Gregory Michael Palmer’s appearance at Leeds Magistrates Court tomorrow will shed further light on the charges brought against him. The court proceedings will address the destruction of the replica plaque and the racially aggravated criminal damage incident.