The man who ploughed a digger through a Travelodge in revenge for unpaid wages has been jailed for five years and four months.
John Manley, 36, was seen on camera in January 2019 purposely using a construction vehicle to smash into the Liverpool building, screaming “all you had to do was pay me”.
Manley was owed £600 in wages at the time, but was not paid over the Christmas period and launched an attack that caused more than £400,000 worth of damage.
The video went viral and Manley was arrested.
Liverpool Crown Court's verdict arrived on Wednesday and has conjured up some heated reaction on social media.
5 yrs 4 months for the digger driver that drove through the travelodge entrance. Seems ridiculously excessive that.— Jamie Rowland (@rowloefc) February 26, 2020
Manley had apparently threatened to cause damage in the days leading up to the event, saying he would attack the building unless he was paid.