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Trial of ex G4S employee accused of £1m blackmail demand and bomb hoax has started

September 13, 2017 1:16 PM
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Daniel Garland, 19, has pleaded not guilty to two charges against the security firm :: The trial was opened on Wednesday at Teesside Crown Court

A former G4S employee has denied blackmailing the security company for £1m by threatening to bomb their vehicles.

Daniel Garland, 19, pleaded not guilty to two charges in which it is alleged he tried to blackmail G4S for the money claiming that bombs, attached to G4S vehicles and G4S employees’ vehicles, would be detonated by remote control if his demand was not met.

Opening the case, prosecutor Paul Rooney said the case centred on a letter sent by the defendant to G4S.

“In the letter he demanded £1m from them and makes threats to cause explosions,” he said.

Mr Rooney said that Garland claimed that the “mini bombs” could be detonated by remote control.

He added that Garland had also allegedly threatened a colleague’s partner and newborn baby saying that people would “pay them a visit” if his demands were not met.

Garland, of Durham Place, Chester-le-Street, denies blackmail on January 11.

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