G4S worker who demanded £1m after bomb threat faces ‘significant sentence’
A G4S employee who sent an anonymous letter to his boss threatening to blow up vans and demanding £1m has been warned he faces a “significant sentence” after being convicted of blackmail.
Daniel Garland, 19, caused work to halt at the cash-handling depot in Thornaby, Teesside, when he posted the menacing note in January saying he had planted remotely-controlled “mini-bombs” on vehicles.
More than 100 police officers joined a major inquiry across four force areas, cash-in-transit vans were recalled to the depot to be searched and the security giant’s losses were put at £15,000, Teesside Crown Court heard.
Garland, from Durham Place, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, had admitted a bomb hoax charge and was convicted after a trial of a blackmail offence.
The jury heard how branch manager Dean Jeffels was terrified when he read the letter, which threatened to detonate bombs placed on employees’ cars and on work vehicles.
The letter told the manager robbers would storm the depot with weapons if £1m was not loaded onto a truck outside the depot the next day. It also warned of visiting a mother and her new-born baby while her partner – a G4S employee – was at work.
The note mentioned a previous armed robbery on a van and the letter author claimed to be the raider responsible and named two G4S staff who he claimed had passed on information.
Garland said in his defence he had been bullied at work and the motivation for writing the letter was merely to get the two named colleagues into trouble, and perhaps a move away from his section.