Angry city centre bank customer threw urine and faeces and threatened to kill staff
Daniel Khoo caused a bank to rack up a £25,000 bill for cleaning and security after he threw faeces (Image: BPM MEDIA)
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An angry bank customer who failed to answer security questions when seeking to withdraw £500 pelted urine and faeces at the building and threatened to kill members of staff, a court heard.
Daniel Khoo, 35, caused Coventry Building Society in Birmingham city centre to rack up a £25,000 bill in cleaning and security guards following his nasty vendetta.
Mr Khoo had threatened to burn the Corporation Street branch down and then "screamed" at a manager down the phone warning he would "slit everybody's throats" after being refused money, Birmingham Live reports.
He then attacked the building on four separate occasions whilst it was closed, throwing urine and faeces at its front door.
The business had to temporarily shut due to the stench that remained inside, while staff was left shaken and fearful for their own safety after the incident.
Khoo admitted six offences but presented something of a dilemma for Judge Kristina Montgomery QC, passing sentence at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday, November 13.
The Birmingham branch was forced to close to rid of the stench Mr Khoo had left
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She expressed concerns he had not fully opened up to the probation service about his true state of mind at the time, describing him as an "island".
Khoo, from London but currently staying in Birmingham, was handed an 18-month sentence suspended for 18 months and left the court wearing sunglasses despite the cover of darkness.
He attended the branch on August 26 to withdraw £500 but a staff member had to ask him a series of security questions, which he failed, due to an investigation into suspicious activity on the account.
"He became agitated and verbally aggressive demanding money," said prosecutor Nicholas Berry.
"He said he will burn the building to the ground, a manager told him to leave."
On September 3 he called the bank to complain.
Later in the day a manager rang him back to speak to him.
Mr Berry said: "The defendant was described as screaming at the top of his lungs, making threats to kill everybody and slit everybody's throats. He said for every pound they didn't give him he was going to kill a member of staff."
Around 6.40am September 7 Khoo was spotted on CCTV pouring urine from a bottle through the bank's letterbox.
He launched his vendetta after being asked security questions by staff and failing to answer them
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Then exactly a week later he returned holding a crisp packet, inside which were faeces that he smeared on the front door and window before taking a picture of his handiwork on his mobile phone. The bank was forced to close for the whole day.
Khoo carried out a similar attack on September 16 but was disturbed by a security guard.
He then returned the following day and smeared faeces of the front door, the handle, the buzzer, the fob control and inside the overnight drop box. He also poured urine over the entrance. The bank's opening was delayed by an hour that day.
Coventry Building Society had to spend £7,556.06 in cleaning the building and replacing the damaged boxes. They forked out a further £17,858.64 on security guards.
Mr Berry stated the closures were due to the "unbearable smell".
He added: "He caused stress and anxiety for several members of staff.
"One had difficulty sleeping, others were left looking over their shoulders with worry."
Khoo admitted four counts of criminal damage, one of threatening to destroy property and one for threatening communication.
Olivia Beesley, defending, stated that work had dried up for self-employed Khoo during lockdown and he was struggling "emotionally, financially and mentally".
Judge Montgomery said: "In your own mind you thought you were avenging their (Coventry Building Society) wrongdoing and that your means by way of avenging it were impactful and made a statement. They were in fact childish and disgusting.
"Nothing you did made a statement about anybody other than yourself, demonstrating what a sad person you had become.
"I have read you are estranged from your parents and you have no support network. There is little by the way of close family and friends. It seems to me you had become an island."
Referring to Khoo's pre-sentence interview with probation she added: "It troubles me greatly you were in that position and that little to nothing has come after your arrest to suggest you have moved on from it.
"You were given the opportunity to speak openly but you have given away very little of what's going on in your mind."
Khoo must carry out 30 days of rehabilitation activity, 150 hours of unpaid work, pay a victim surcharge and adhere to a two-month curfew.