Tony McGuire, a 50 year-old father of six, had been embroiled in a bitter seven year long inheritance dispute with his siblings which drove him to demolish the £300,000 property he had been living in.

Tony Mcguire in the ruins of the property

Mr McGuire seen here in the ruins of the property, holding the sledgehammer he knocked it down with (image courtesy of www.thetimes.co.uk)

Mr McGuire has been living in the property which was owned by his father. Upon his fathers death the will left behind revealed the property was to be shared among him and his siblings. However, McGuire said his father had promised him the house but claimed the will had been fraudulently changed prior to his father’s death.

After being handed an eviction notice by his brother, Tony McGuire decided to pick up his sledge hammer and cause as much damage to the property as he possibly could in a bid to cheat his siblings out of their inheritance.

Mr McGuire managed to cause around £126,000 of damage, nearly half the value of the property.

After his rampage of destruction, Maguire was hauled in-front of a court where he pleaded guilty to criminal damage charges.

Judge Phillip Richards said: “This was an ugly crime committed against your own family… a crime committed out of bitterness and resentment.

“Given the appalling harm a prison sentence would have on your children, I can just about suspend the sentence I must pass.”

McGuire is the sole breadwinner for his family, earning a living as an electrician. He is also a carer for his blind wife. The impending prison sentence will surely have a profound affect on his wife and children.

As well as his delayed prison sentence, Mr Maguire was ordered to do 300 hours of unpaid work as part of his punishment.

When inheritance disputes arise you should never try and take things into your own hands and decide to destroy estate assets so that no one can benefit from them. If you believe you may have a case for a contentious probate claim then put down your sledge hammer and pick up your phone.

Call EAD Solicitors private client department on 0151 735 1000 and speak to one of our wills and probate solicitors. Our team of contentious probate experts can help provide you with the advice and guidance that ensures your inheritance is protected.

By Edward Allen