Cardiff, UK - A furious electrician smashed his family home with a sledgehammer after falling out with his brother over their inheritance. Father-of-six Tony McGuire (49) battered much of the £300,000 (N74,710,725) semi-detached home into rubble as his astonished neighbours looked on. He demolished the house after discovering the property, which had belonged to his father before he moved in, was to be split between him, his brother and sister – despite Mr McGuire having spent his £200,000 (N49,807,150) life savings improving it.
After his daytime wrecking spree, Mr McGuire was unrepentant, saying: 'I did what I had to do - this has been going on for seven years and I've had enough.' Tony McGuire moved in to the house in Manor Way, Cardiff, with his wife Darriel, 50, and their six children following the 2005 death of his father Allan, who lived there. Mr McGuire and his wife spent thousands of pounds on the house, but it emerged that his father had left a will saying the property should be divided between him and his siblings, Terry and Tina.
When they failed to come to an agreement after years of wrangling, Tony McGuire took a sledgehammer to the house, paying particular attention to the extensions and garage he'd built himself at a cost of £200,000. Standing in the rubble of bricks, roofing tiles, glass and insulation, Mr McGuire said: 'Terry's going to be quite bitter about what has happened because he will have lost money. 'He is not going to be calm at all. My sister is going to be livid as well. Seven years this has been going on.'
Mr McGuire said he had lived in the house since 2009, and only moved out a week and a half ago after he had 'had enough' of rowing with his brother. He took the sledgehammer to the house last Saturday morning. Mrs McGuire added: 'We put all our money into the house and were then told we were being evicted by Tony's brother. 'It was not nice to smash up our home but I back Tony all the way.' Terry McGuire later turned up at the property after hearing about Mr McGuire's day of destruction. He said: 'This whole situation has blown up in the last couple of days and that is all I know until my solicitor gets back to me and tells me what the hell is going on. 'I'm not very good to say the least.'
Their sister Tina Jones was said to be 'shocked' at how far her brothers had taken the family feud. Stuart Rogers, who lives on the other side of the semi, said he dashed outside to see his neighbour swinging a sledgehammer at masonry. Mr Rogers said: 'Slates were flying off the roof - I said: "Tony, what are you doing?" 'It's like something out of Eastenders, Emmerdale and Coronation Street all mixed into one.' Police were called but said they were powerless to stop Mr McGuire, 49, destroying the privately-owned, four-bedroomed house he'd poured his savings into. Cardiff councillor Fenella Bowden said she had been called by residents last Saturday morning.
Mrs Bowden said: 'Tony McGuire was up on the roof of the garage of the property smashing it down. 'It almost looks as if there has been an explosion. If you are going to demolish a building it is always wise to speak to the planning department first. 'On Monday he did register a request to demolish. There seems to be a dispute over the ownership of the property. 'The main concern is for the safety of the residents in my ward.' A South Wales Police spokeswoman said: 'It appears there is a civil dispute ongoing and police officers are investigating. 'Nobody has been arrested for any offence.'