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Father-of-six who tore down house in family dispute admits criminal damage

A father who smashed up a house in Cardiff with a sledgehammer has admitted criminal damage.

Father-of-six Tony McGuire, 49, used the hammer to batter the walls of the £300,000 semi on Manor Way in the city in a family dispute.

McGuire later posed for pictures in the rubble of the house which is at the centre of an ownership dispute with his brother and sister.

McGuire appeared at Cardiff Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to criminal damage.

He was bailed for a pre-sentence report ahead of an appearance in Newport later this month.

Judge Daniel Williams told him: “You pleaded guilty and you will receive credit for this in due course.

“I cannot proceed to sentence you today and will adjourn for a presentence report.

“Do not think this adjournment is an indication of sentence, all sentencing options remain open to the court and this includes custody.”

McGuire was given bail on the condition that he does not contact his siblings or go to the house.

Damage to the property in Manor Way, Cardiff, has been estimated at £120,000.

Electrician McGuire and his family have moved into a property two miles away.

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