Video – Man jailed over digger rampage…

Another non-payment; another example of wanton destruction.

A man who shouted “whoop whoop” as he filmed himself destroying five newly-built retirement bungalows with an excavator has been jailed for four years. Daniel Neagu, 31, had music blaring from the radio as he wrecked houses worth up to £475,000 each in Buntingford, Hertfordshire, on August 11 2018 over unpaid wages.

Dramatic footage of the roughly 40-minute rampage shows him repeatedly ram the digger into the bungalows. He shouts “F****** shit company”, whistles the tune to Freed From Desire, and rants in Romanian during the demolition.

In one clip he tells a passer-by he is owed £16,000, adding: “I decided even if get in trouble I did it for a reason, because I didn’t get paid, you know what I mean?” The man replies: “Go back in and smash up another one.”

As he wrecks another, Neagu says: “Beautiful houses, you have to take it down and rebuild it, that’s because you didn’t want to pay me.”

Sentencing Neagu at St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday, Judge Stephen Warner said it was a “wholesale destruction” and a “pure act of revenge”. He said the footage was “truly shocking”, adding: “It’s quite clear from your demeanour that you were perfectly relaxed and quite unashamed.”

This successful prosecution follows just a few weeks after a man went on a similar rampage at a Travelodge in Liverpool over unpaid wages. You can view a video of that “>here, or listen to our podcast on the subject here.

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