Matthew Leveson memorial vandalised on eve of his funeral

Faye Leveson is supported by her husband Mark Leveson at the NSW Coroner's Court in Sydney. Inset: Photo of Matthew Leveson. Source: AAP

A tree dedicated to Sydney man Matthew Leveson has been vandalised, with memorial plaques and gifts taken on the eve of his funeral.

The parents of Sydney man Matthew Leveson have been left devastated after their son's memorial site was found vandalised on the eve of his funeral.

The late 20-year-old's father, Mark, says nothing was left on the tree in the Royal National Park, where his remains were found.

"Absolutely devastated," Mr Leveson tweeted on Thursday night, alongside a photo of the bare tree.

"The night before Matty's funeral we visited his memorial tree in the National Park to find it vandalised. Butterflies taken, gifts taken, memorial plaques taken, fresh flowers taken."

Mother Faye said her "heart was broken".

Faye and Mark Leveson, the parents of Matthew Leveson, speak to the media after human remains were found by NSW Police in bushland in the Royal National Park.
Faye and Mark Leveson, the parents of Matthew Leveson, speak to the media after human remains were found by NSW Police in bushland in the Royal National Park.
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"How could someone do this on the eve of Matt's funeral," she posted on Twitter.

After a decade-long search for his body, the couple will finally lay their son to rest on Friday in Sydney's south.

Matt was last seen leaving Darlinghurst's Arq nightclub in September 2007 with his then partner Michael Atkins who was later acquitted of murder.

Atkins led police to the location of Matt's remains in the Royal National Park after complex legal agreements were struck and his remains were found in mid-2017.

Mark and Faye have asked guests at Friday's ceremony, which will take place at the Woronora chapels in Sutherland, to wear bright colours and a splash of Matt's favourite colour purple.

"It's meant to be a celebration of his life, being grateful for the 20 years that he was alive," Mark Leveson says. "It's a fun day."

The service will include Matt's favourite songs, photographs and stories to show guests what he was like through his childhood, schooling and early adulthood.

Matthew Leveson.
Matthew Leveson.
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Deputy state coroner Elaine Truscott in December wasn't able to rule on the cause of Matt's death, despite a lengthy inquest, but said Atkins' lies were suspicious.

But on Friday there'll be no mention of the manner in which the 20-year-old's life was cut short, nor the subsequent court cases, inquests and searches.

"We just want to remember Matt," Ms Leveson says.

Detectives finally found Matt's body in May 2017 beneath a cabbage-tree palm that has since been relocated to Mark and Faye's backyard.

The Levesons had long promised Matt they would give him a proper farewell.

"All those years of searching, we finally achieved our goal and it's made it all so real," Mr Leveson says. "This will be our final goodbye to him."

Source AAP - SBS

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