Courts ‘copped out’ by not banning Terrington St Clement van driver who crashed into house, owner claims

Scene of RTC last night where a car collided with a house on Churchgateway in Terrington St Clement, West Norfolk. ?Paul Tibbs ANL-150218-160538009

Scene of RTC last night where a car collided with a house on Churchgateway in Terrington St Clement, West Norfolk. ?Paul Tibbs ANL-150218-160538009

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A man says the courts have “copped out” by not disqualifying the van driver who crashed into his home.

Peter and Heather Strudwick, along with children James, 18, and Thomas six, were forced to move out of their home in Churchgate Way, Terrington St Clement, while it is repaired after being hit by a Citroen Berlingo van in February.

Mrs Strudwick was sitting in the living room when the van driven by Royce Cooper crashed inside in a “tsunami wave of bricks”

On Thursday Cooper, 18, of Sutton Road, Terrington St Clement, 
was given a £250 fine and five penalty points after 
admitting driving without due care and attention during a hearing at West Norfolk Magistrates’ Court.

He would have been banned if the court had sentenced him to six penalty points.

Mr Strudwick said this was a “light sentence” given the impact on his family and that Cooper should not still be on the roads.

He said: “I think the courts copped out by not giving him six penalty points as they could have done. From that point of view, that is not a failure of the law but a failure of the courts.

“I think he should have been banned. I think the majority of right-minded people would agree.

“We read that he is full of remorse but there has not been one attempt to make contact with us to say sorry.”

The family are living in a rented home in The Woottons and are planning to sell their home.