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Resolven kitchen crash drink-driver jailed

The car that crashed into a kitchen in Resolven. Photo: D Legakis.
The Millers have been living in hotels and rented accommodation since the car ploughed into their house in July

A drunk driver who crashed his car through the wall of a house into the kitchen has been jailed for 12 months.

Michael O'Sullivan caused £70,000 worth of damage when his uninsured sports car hit Julie and Michael Miller's home in Resolven, near Neath, in July.

He admitted dangerous driving at a hearing in Swansea Crown Court.

Mr and Mrs Miller have spent the intervening months living in hotels and a rented flat while repairs were carried out.

Mrs Miller said the main wall, kitchen, bathroom and living room had to be totally replaced.

There was also damage to rooms upstairs.

Julie Miller
I do feel a bit sorry for him that he was in such a state. He can't feel to good about it.
Julie Miller

"The most upsetting thing is the sentimental things we've lost," she said.

"It's had a tremendous impact on our lives - both our working lives and personal life - I just want to get home now."

She said friends, neighbours and work colleagues had helped them get back on their feet and she could not fault their insurance company.

Speaking about O'Sullivan she added: "I was angry and in some ways I still am because of the turmoil to our lives.

"But I do feel a bit sorry for him that he was in such a state. He can't feel too good about it."



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