The builder who allegedly smashed up the entrance of a newly built Travelodge with a digger in has appeared in court.
John Arthur Manley, 35, was charged with criminal damage and recklessly endangering life at Sefton Magistrates Court this morning.
Manley has previously said he smashed up the reception of the hotel in Edge Lane, Liverpool, on 21 January because he was owed money for work.
However, it later emerged that the builder had received his salary – he just hadn’t checked his account before the rampage.
Manley, who wore a navy Under Armour T-shirt and Adidas jacket, was bailed to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on 15 March.
Footage filmed by a colleague shows the digger arm tearing down the ceiling, smashing through the windows and destroying the front desk.
He can be heard shouting in the video: ‘I told you 600 f***ing quid’, as he ploughs through glass windows, wrecking the ceiling and front desk.
A number of coworkers can be seen cheering on as the digger destroys the building.
The incident caused extensive damage to the hotel.
A crowdfunder was set up for the builder and raised almost £7,000 after it was claimed he was owed money.
However, Manley’s coworkers has since said the money had been paid, but a banking error meant their wages appeared on Monday instead of Friday.
It’s believed he had been working for MF Construction, based in Cheshire, and his co-workers said the delay sent him into a rage.