Stockport mother demolishes home after joyrider crash

Darren Sharpe, 24, has been jailed for 18 months after taking Lisa Mullender's car and crashing it into Dawn Jowett's home in Offerton, Stockport, Greater Manchester

Darren Sharpe, 24, has been jailed for 18 months after taking Lisa Mullender's car and crashing it into Dawn Jowett's home in Offerton, Stockport, Greater Manchester

A 4am joyride took a devastating turn when the driver lost control of the car and smashed into a woman's home.

The damage to Dawn Jowett's end of terrace property in Offerton, Stockport, was so bad the mother-of-one is being forced to demolish it, with rebuilding costs of £200,000.

The crash came after bricklayer Darren Sharpe took Lisa Mullender's Audi A4 because she had run out of alcohol and was 'too drunk and high on cocaine'.

The 38-year-old mother-of-four had been throwing a housewarming party and let Sharpe, 24, go on a 'booze run'.

But the bricklayer lost control of the sports car, sending it bouncing off the kerb, into a lamppost and then into the side of Ms Jowett's home.

The damage is such that Mrs Jowett, who has a 15-year-old autistic son, is being forced to rent a second home while her house is being rebuilt.

Jailing Sharpe for 18-months at Minshull Street Crown Court, Judge John Edwards said: 'You were incredibly fortunate that nobody was injured or killed in this accident, other than yourself and another person.

'The consequences to Dawn Jowett have been profound. It has been recognised that she is having to rebuild her life and that is all down to you.'   

Mrs Jowett who now rents another property said in a statement: 'This house isn't just bricks and mortar, it is my home. 

The crash came after bricklayer Darren Sharpe took Lisa Mullender's (pictured outside court) Audi A4 because she had run out of alcohol and was 'too drunk and high on cocaine'

The crash came after bricklayer Darren Sharpe took Lisa Mullender's (pictured outside court) Audi A4 because she had run out of alcohol and was 'too drunk and high on cocaine'

'We lived there for 18 years and our child was born there. What happened has had a great impact on my life and my family's life.

'The fear I felt when the car hit the house was awful, there was smashed glass and petrol everywhere. The police had to help us get out of the house and we weren't allowed back in.

'I have made a lifetime of memories in that home and no amount of compensation could give me back my home. 

'No amount of money can bring back the memories or personal items I had in that house. 

'I wanted to start a course to be a teaching assistant, but because of what has happened and with various meetings with the contractors of the house, I can no longer take up that job.

'You've shown a lack of respect. I thank you for admitting what you have done but our lives will never be the same.'

Mullender's white Audi A4 (pictured) went off the road and into Mrs Jowett's home 

Mullender's white Audi A4 (pictured) went off the road and into Mrs Jowett's home 

The damage (pictured) is so bad Mrs Jowett, who has a 15-year-old autistic son, is being forced to rent a second home while her house is being rebuilt

The damage (pictured) is so bad Mrs Jowett, who has a 15-year-old autistic son, is being forced to rent a second home while her house is being rebuilt

Crash scene: Insurers have told Mrs Jowett her home in Offerton, Stockport (pictured) has been so badly damaged it will have to be rebuilt, which is costing her £200,000 

Crash scene: Insurers have told Mrs Jowett her home in Offerton, Stockport (pictured) has been so badly damaged it will have to be rebuilt, which is costing her £200,000 

Lisa Mullender's Audi A4 came crashing into Dawn Jowett's kitchen, destroying it completely

Lisa Mullender's Audi A4 came crashing into Dawn Jowett's kitchen, destroying it completely

The court heard how Mrs Jowett, 54, was upstairs in bed when she felt the huge crash.

At first she thought it was a gas explosion but ran downstairs to find the car stuck in her wall and water gushing from the pipes.   

She had to crawl over rubble and through a hole in the wall to escape into the road.

Mrs Jowett's son Kieran, whose bedroom was above the point of impact, escaped injury as he was having a sleepover at a friend's house at the time.

The court how Mullender falsely tried to claim her £6,000 car had been stolen during a burglary but a neighbour saw her allowing Sharpe to get into car before it was seen 'bunny hopping' down the road. 

He abandoned the car and was later arrested. He also had a passenger in the car who was just 16.

Sharpe (pictured) was jailed for 18 months at Minshull Street Crown Court, Greater Manchester

Sharpe (pictured) was jailed for 18 months at Minshull Street Crown Court, Greater Manchester

He also pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, along with Mullender who got a suspended sentence 

He also pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, along with Mullender who got a suspended sentence 

Mrs Jowett, a care worker, and her son have now had to move out of their home in Offerton, Stockport, Greater Manchester. It has since been condemned by her insurers and will now have to be pulled down. 

Audi owner Mullender was given a nine month prison sentence suspended for a year at an earlier hearing after she pleaded guilty to perverting justice. She was also ordered to

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