“Relatives are furious because police had decided not to charge Coopey with causing the two deaths following the crash in August last year”
A POLICE officer’s son who was high on cannabis when he killed two men in a horrific road accident has been freed from prison after spending just a week behind bars for breaking a driving ban.
Max Coopey, 18, had been jailed for three months for getting back behind the wheel two weeks after he had mown down grandfather John shackley, 61, and Jason Imi, 48.
But to the fury of his victims’ families, a judge allowed Coopey to go back to his parents’ £1 million home in Ascot, Berkshire, on Friday after he launched an appeal against his sentence, arguing that the punishment was too harsh.
The men’s grieving relatives, “who are already furious because police had decided not to charge Coopey with causing the two deaths following the crash in August last year”, said the decision was “another slap in the face”.
Coopey had smoked cannabis before ploughing his father’s Audi sports car into workmates Shackley and father of three, Imi, as they crossed a road in Sunninghill, Berkshire. Despite being well over the drug-drive limit and having a string of previous con- victions, including one for drug-driving just eight weeks before the crash, the teenager was told only to complete 100 hours of community service and banned from the road for two years.
Before that sentence was handed down, he had been prohibited from driving while the police investigation into the fatal accident took place. Coopey was hauled back to court last month and jailed after being found guilty of driving while disqualified.
But his time behind bars was brief after Friday’s bail applica-tion was allowed. The ruling was made despite the judge hearing details of Coopey’s catalogue of previous convictions. – Daily Mail