Man admits causing criminal damage at Travelodge hotel because he wasn't paid

A worker has admitted intentionally driving a digger into the front of a hotel after his employers allegedly failed to pay him.

John Manley, 35, drove into the front of the Travelodge in Liverpool Innovation Park on January 21, the day the building was due to be completed.

John Manley, 35, admitted causing criminal damage at the Edge Lane hotel in Liverpool. Credit: Merseyside Police

The father-of-two admitted criminal damage at an earlier hearing, and had been due to stand trial on Monday, but then he also pleaded guilty to damaging property being reckless as to whether life is endangered before the Liverpool Crown Court trial began.

Footage showing the vehicle repeatedly smashing into the reception of the Travelodge in Edge Lane went viral online after the incident.

Brendan Carville, defending, said his client accepted he intended to cause damage and knew he would be sent to prison, but requested an adjournment for a psychiatric report.

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He's a family man and the concession is this is going to be immediate custody. He's had problems and there were social problems which caused this offence, notably the failure of his immediate employers to pay him over the Christmas period, then asking him to work for nothing on the eve of this offence. He has two young children, your honour.

Brendan Carville

Judge Gary Woodhall granted the report and adjourned sentencing until November 1 - further remanding Manley in custody.