Declan McBlain, 18, from Stirling, is said to have damaged the statue of the fire-and-brimstone preacher in the Valley Cemetery in Stirling. It is alleged he snapped off the finger, which Knox is shown holding aloft. Stonemasons estimated repairs could cost more than £5000.
McBlain was due to stand trial at Stirling Sheriff Court yesterday, but failed to turn up. His solicitor, Harry Coughlan, told Sheriff William Gilchrist: "I have no explanation for my client's non-appearance."
The Crown asked for a warrant to apprehend him, which the sheriff granted.
McBlain had earlier entered a plea of not guilty to a single charge of vandalising the statue. The incident is said to have occurred on July 20 last year.