Llandough drink driver who crashed car into Penarth Marina family home jailed
8:01am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Penarth news
A DRINK-DRIVER from Llandough who crashed a car into the home of a Penarth Marina family has been jailed.
Sean Richard Sweeney drove a Citroen C4 into the living room of Dylan Harries and his family at Custom House Place on June 29.
Sweeney, 30, was jailed for 18 months and disqualified from driving for three years at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday (weds sept 18).
He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen for analysis, after becoming aggressive with officers at the scene. He was found guilty of driving without insurance.
Prosecutor Jo James told the court how Sweeney had drunk pints of larger, shots of sambuca and bottles of champagne at the Oystercatcher before the accident.
Whilst there, he began talking to a woman and offered to drive her and his friend home in her car.
Only a few minutes later, they crashed through the wall of Mr Harries, who was present in court with his wife Jody, and her son, Sam.
Defending Sweeney, who has convictions including a 2004 offence of drink driving, Steve Clarke said: “Unfortunately he is an individual who makes stupid mistakes when he has been drinking.
“Drinking has become a crutch for him but he knows he cannot continue like that.
“His partner has said she will no longer support him if he carries on and that is a significant factor.”
Judge Daniel Williams said: “Your culpability is high and the harm you caused is considerable.
“The affect on Mr Harries and his family has been profound.”
A compensation application for £7,245 was submitted on behalf of Mr Harries, who has had to relocate his family.