Labourer, 35, who drove a digger into the front of a Travelodge is jailed for more than five years

Labourer, 35, who drove a digger into the front of a Travelodge causing £443,000 of damage because he was owed £600 in Christmas wages is jailed for more than five years

John Manley sentenced for five years and four months at Liverpool Crown CourtThe labourer drove into reception of Travelodge hotel on January 21 last year He repeatedly smashed vehicle into building on day it was due to be completedIt followed a row with his employer for not being paid for his work at the siteFootage had showed the digger operator shouting about being owed money The father-of-two had previously entered a guilty plea on the first day of his trial

A labourer who drove a digger into the front of a Travelodge after a row for not being paid over Christmas has been jailed for five years and four months.  

John Manley, 36, caused £443,000 of damage following a rampage near the hotel in Liverpool after becoming incensed at not being paid for 12 days by his company, MF Groundworks, for his work as groundsman at the site. 

The ground worker and digger driver, from Netherton, Merseyside, was incensed as he was owed £600 in labour, that he had been waiting for for 10 days.

Manley leaves Sefton Magistrates Court in February last year after being released on bail

John Manley (mugshot above), 35, was sentenced to five years and four months at Liverpool Crown Court today after driving his digger into the front of a Travelodge hotel

Shocking mobile phone video footage of the incident went viral.

Sentencing, at Liverpool Crown Court today, David Aubrey QC said Manley erupted ‘like a volcano’ after being forced to wait for the wages in January 2019.

He said: ‘This was a revenge attack and many people’s lives were endangered and put at risk and the damage on this occasion was considerable.

‘It was totally and utterly disproportionate concerning your wages.

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