Yob got £60 to smash up used-car business

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A THUG destroyed a successful used-car business for a fee of £300, a court heard.

William Sayle, 51, of Denfield Crescent, Ovenden, smashed the windows of nine vehicles with a claw hammer and poured petrol inside them at the site on Holmes Road, Sowerby Bridge.

Bradford Crown Court heard that he was joined by a second man who had offered him the £300.

In the end Sayle only received £60 for his role in the crime.

Five of the cars were set on fire although Sayle was not responsible for starting the fires.

Sayle phoned a friend, David Acklam, and asked him to pick them up.

Acklam, 27, of Durham Street, Pellon, met the two men in Sowerby Bridge and drove them to the Asda supermarket at Thrum Hall.

Police were able to identify Sayle through DNA evidence after finding his hat at the scene of the crime.

Jonathan Russell, who owned the business, claimed to have lost as much as £34,000 after going out of business because of the fire.

Sayle pleaded guilty to a charge conspiracy to commit criminal damage.Acklam pleaded guilty to a charge of assisting an offender.

His honour Judge John Potter, sentencing Sayle, said: “You have a quite dreadful record with no less than 148 matters against you including six offences of criminal damage.”

Sayle was given a 16-month prison sentence.

Acklam, who is already serving a four-year sentence for GBH, had four months added to his sentence.