A bank customer who was "struggling financially and mentally" due to lockdown has avoided jail following a disgusting attack on a Birmingham bank.

Daniel Khoo, 35, threw excrement and urine at the the Coventry Building Society's front door on a number of occasions, causing severe stress and anxiety for the branch's staff, Birmingham Live reports.

The bank, which is in Birmingham's city centre, also racked up a huge £25,000 in costs to clean up and bring in security to prevent further attacks from Khoo.

As well as the vile acts of vandalism, the defendant also threatened to burn the bank branch down and then "screamed" at a manager down the phone warning he would 'slit everybody's throats' after being refused money.

Daniel Khoo threw faeces and urine at the front door of a city centre bank

He had attacked the building on four separate occasions while it was closed, pelting it with urine and faeces, causing it to remain shut due to the stench left inside and leaving staff fearful for their own safety.

At the sentencing hearing at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge Kristina Montgomery QC expressed concerns Khoo had not fully opened up to the probation service about his true state of mind at the time.

Khoo, from London but currently staying in temporary accommodation in Birmingham, 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."

Khoo avoided jail at Birmingham Crown Court

On September 3 he called the bank to complain. Later in the day a manager rang him back to speak to him.

Around 6.40am September 7 Khoo was spotted on CCTV pouring urine from a bottle through the bank's letterbox. 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, delaying the bank's opening was delayed by an hour that day.

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'.

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.