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Driver who smashed car into Penarth home to be sentenced later this month

The driver of a car which ploughed into a family’s home, leaving the house close to collapse, will be sentenced by the courts later this month.

Sean Richard Sweeney, 30, of Castle Court, Llandough, appeared at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court today, where he pleaded guilty to driving without insurance on June 29 in Penarth.

Sweeney had already admitted dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen for analysis at a previous hearing.

Sweeney was driving a Citroen C4 when it smashed through the front wall of a family’s home in Penarth Marina.

The family told WalesOnline at the time how they felt lucky to be alive after the car ploughed into their living room at about 11.45pm.

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Teenager Sam Harries was at home with his sister Hannah, mother Jodie and stepdad Dylan when it happened.

Sam, 19, said: “It sounded like a bomb, like an explosion. The engine was still revving.”

While the rest of the family were upstairs, Sam said his mother Jodie was downstairs in the kitchen and could have been hurt if she had gone downstairs a few seconds later.

The family added that their house had been left in a structurally unstable condition and they had to find somewhere else to live.

The case was adjourned today for a pre-sentence report to be completed before Sweeney is sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court on August 23.

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