Digger driver that smashed up the entrance of a Travelodge Hotel because he was owed £600 in wages gets Five Years Jail

Digger Driver John Manley, 35, has been jailed for Five Years and Four Months

The digger driver who caused a “trail of destruction” at a new hotel because he was owed £600 in wages has been jailed for five years and four months.

John Manley, 36, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court for damaging property being reckless as to whether life is endangered after he drove a hydraulic digger through the front doors of the Travelodge in Liverpool Innovation Park on January 21 last year, the day the building was due to be completed.

A passing witness took a video of John Manley wrecking the front of Hotel which later went viral on the internet

Videos of the incident, which caused damage to the hotel worth more than £443,000, went viral online and showed colleagues asking Manley to stop as he shouted: “All you had to do was pay me.”

Sentencing him, Judge David Aubrey QC said: “You were intent on maximum damage and you intended to leave a trail of destruction.”

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