A businessman has been found guilty of plotting to plant two bombs in London.
Jonathan Nuttall, 50, was convicted at the Old Bailey of planning to plant the explosives in London’s legal district over a £1.4m legal wrangle with the National Crime Agency (NCA).
Nuttall orchestrated the plot aimed at two NCA lawyers, Andrew Sutcliffe KC and Anne Jeavons, over the financial dispute which bore the prospect of him losing his stately home, Embley Manor in Hampshire.
He was convicted of conspiring with his driver, Michael Sode, and an ex-marine, Michael Broddle, to plant the devices.
Sode, 58, was the “middleman” in the plan who recruited former Royal Marine Broddle, to carry out research and reconnaissance on the lawyers, the Old Bailey heard.
Broddle planted the two devices in Gray’s Inn where Mr Sutcliffe works in September 2021 which prompted an evacuation and road closures.
Broddle was also accused of roping his sons into the plan, but they were acquitted after a 25-hour jury deliberation.
The court heard one of the devices was left near a bench and spotted by a porter. It was later found to be “potentially viable” since it contained a smoke grenade.
The other device was deposited near Mr Sutcliffe’s offices with a smoke grenade let off to ensure “maximum alarm was caused”.
It came with a letter addressed to Mr Sutcliffe, using his old Army nickname “Sooty”, which contained false allegations against him.