Ban for Caerphilly teen who drove a jeep into a house
6:35pm Thursday 31st January 2013 in News
A teenager who demolished a house with his father's Jeep while en-route to get a takeaway has been banned from driving.
Robbie Morgan, 18, had only been driving for six months before the crash in December 2011.
He also hit a car and a woman, who was seriously hurt, before ploughing into the house in Nelson near Caerphilly, south Wales.
During his trial at Newport Crown Court, a jury heard the A-level student had "put his foot down’’ in the £30,000 Jeep Cherokee, hitting speeds of 60mph, after leaving a sixth form party at a local rugby club.
Morgan, of Treharris, near Merthyr Tydfil, had denied dangerous driving as well as careless driving - insisting he had been driving at the speed limit.
But the prosecution argued the teenager had been driving a car that was "too powerful’’ on a night during poor weather conditions.
He had been at a sixth form party before leaving with two school friends to pick up some food and cigarettes from a garage.
The smash occurred after the defendant had tried to avoid a car that was turning in the road.
Prosecutor Jonathan Howells had said that vehicle - a Renault Megane - had been driving safely.
As well as hitting the turning car, he knocked down Geraldine Downy before ploughing into the terraced house - knocking down the two-storey extension and causing damage running "into five figures’’.
Pedestrian Miss Downy, 18, was later treated at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff for life-threatening injuries from which she is still recovering.
The jury had also been told householder Lucie Flowers had avoided being hit because she was upstairs watching TV.
But the defendant, who entered the dock with a limp, said the accident was unavoidable after the other vehicle "had pulled out in front of him’’ - giving him no option but to swerve.
A jury found Morgan not guilty of dangerous driving, but convicted him of the lesser offence of driving without due care and attention.
As well as disqualifying Morgan from driving for 12 months, Recorder Jonathan Ferris also imposed a £600 fine.