Prison for worker who wrecked five new houses with a digger in revenge attack

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Prison for worker who wrecked five new houses with a digger in revenge attack

6 March 2019 | By GCR Staff | 1 Comment

A worker who destroyed five new houses with a digger in a row over wages has been jailed for four years.

Police said he caused £4m worth of damage, and the homes had to be demolished and rebuilt, meaning the new owners couldn’t move in for months.

Daniel Neagu, 31, of Athelstone Road in Harrow, north west London, admitted criminal damage to the homes in McCarthy and Stone’s Royal Gardens development in Buntingford, Hertfordshire last August, reports Construction Manager.

The revenge wrecking, which Neagu filmed, also caused £50,000 worth of damaged the digger.

Former plant operator Neagu had been working at the site before he was dismissed alongside several colleagues a few weeks prior to the incident.

Detective constable Shaun Turner, from the East Herts Local Crime Unit, said: “Three three-bedroom properties and two two-bedroom properties were affected by Neagu’s deliberate act of destruction, with the total cost of the damage estimated to be in the region of £4m.

“The incident had a lasting impact on the local community as a number of the properties were nearing completion and their new owners were weeks away from moving in.

“However after assessment, the structural damage was deemed to be too severe so the affected properties had to be demolished and rebuilt, which took months.”