Policemen from Bochnia (Małopolska) detained a young man suspected of damaging a historic chapel. According to investigators, the 19-year-old deliberately pulled the figurine out of the pedestal and then destroyed it.
The statue of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, which stood in the chapel in the Uzbornia Park in Bochnia, is dated 1880. According to historical sources, it was founded by Maria Maiss, the wife of the then mayor of the city, as a thank you for saving the child.
The vandal tore the figurine out of the pedestal, and numerous elements detached from the whole – according to investigators – indicated deliberate action.
“He wanted to show off”
A 19-year-old real resident was detained in the case. According to Sebastian Gleń, spokesman of the Małopolska police force, during the interrogation the man admitted that the sculpture was damaged, describing the course of the event. – The perpetrator claimed that being under the influence of alcohol, he wanted to show off in front of his colleagues – said the spokesman. The 19-year-old was charged with property damage, punishing him with imprisonment from three months to five years.
The policeman recalled that the chapel with the figurine had for many years been a meeting place for the residents of Bochnia who used to gather around it during the May services.
Main photo source: KPP in Bochnia