Nuttall, 50, a businessman in an international money laundering scheme, was jailed for eight years and two months for plotting to bomb two lawyers who worked for the National Crime Agency.

He hired his driver, Sode, and a former marine, Broddle, to plant two explosives in London’s legal area.

The Old Bailey trial lasted four months and revealed that Nuttall had been in a legal battle with the National Crime Agency over £1.4 million worth of assets that they had seized.

Nuttall was angry about losing his mansion, Embley Manor in Romsey, Hampshire, and planned to attack the NCA’s lawyers, Sutcliffe KC and Jeavons.

He used his driver Sode, 59, from Deptford, south-east London, to find ex-Royal Marine Broddle, 47, who did research and scouting on the lawyers.

Broddle involved his sons in the scheme, which ended on September 14, 2021, when he put two devices at Gray’s Inn in London, the center of the English legal area. The sons were found not guilty.

Judge Simon Mayo KC said on Friday: ‘This was a very serious, bold and evil attack on the people who work for justice.

‘You wanted to ruin the administration of justice.

‘You meant to cause a lot of harm by your plan.

‘Your devices would cause fear and chaos for sure.’

Nuttall and Sode were guilty of two counts of plotting with Broddle to put an article with intent on or before September 14, 2021.

Nuttall, Sode, and Broddle were also guilty of plotting to move criminal money.

Nuttall was guilty of two counts of not following a notice and Sode was guilty of one count of the same.

Mr Sutcliffe said in his statement that he had never seen any lawyer being attacked in a ‘Mafia-like way’ before to stop legal proceedings.

Nuttall and his driver Michael Sode, 59, denied but were convicted of two counts of conspiracy to place an article with intent to induce the belief it would explode or ignite. Sode, seen here

Before being arrested, Nuttall hid a mobile phone inside an office chair and Sode threw his out of a window, it was alleged.

Mrs Jeavons had told jurors about the history of the financial wrangle with Nuttall, although his wife, Amanda Nuttall, who had won a lottery jackpot of £2.4 million, was named on the NCA legal papers.

She said payments to settle the £1.4 million order had been rejected by the NCA as possibly coming from the proceeds of crime, putting the Nuttalls’ mansion at risk.

She said Nuttall was unhappy about that and at one meeting made it clear ‘it would be a red line if the NCA sought to recover his home’.

Jurors heard that Nuttall also had a flat near Sloane Square in west London and a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce but neither was owned by him.

The legal proceedings started in 2011 and the original settlement dated back to 2019 and remains unresolved.

The NCA had claimed that assets held in the name of Mrs Nuttall and the associated corporate entities were funded from the proceeds of an international money-laundering network and mortgage fraud.

Nuttall’s defence lawyer stressed that the settlement was made on a ‘commercial basis without admitting the NCA was right about anything’.

Previously, Nuttall had been handed a 12-month conditional discharge for failing to pay a bond after his business was reclassified as high risk.

Nuttall blamed his brother, Philip, for some of his financial woes and denied having anything to do with a plot.

Most of the lottery win went to pay off his brother’s gambling debts, he said.

He denied concealing his mobile phone from police, saying he was using the bathroom when officers arrived at Embley Manor.

Sode, who denied wrongdoing and claimed he was involved in recovering debts from clients of an escort agency business, was sentenced to six years and six months’ imprisonment.

Broddle, who took responsibility for planting the devices but declined to name who he was working for, was jailed for seven years.

Broddle’s sons were previously cleared of wrongdoing.

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