A Manchester City youth player who was set to serve 16 months in prison for killing a brother and sister in a car accident in central Manchester was mistakenly released on Monday, just four months into his sentence. Britain’s Prison Service said it would hold an investigation after 18-year-oldCourtney Meppen-Walter was released in error.
"Police have been informed after a prisoner was released in error on Monday 1 July to ensure he is promptly returned to custody," a spokesman said. "Releases in error are very rare and we take any incident extremely seriously. An investigation will take place into the circumstances that led to this release."
Meppen-Walter, who was captain of Manchester City’s U18 team, was driving nearly 60 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone when he hit a car carrying Kulwant Singh, 32, his 37-year-old sister, Ravel Kaur, and her two sons, aged 16 and 17. Singh and Kaur were killed, while the two boys were injured. According to the report, Meppen-Walter will likely serve half his sentence but may be released earlier and be forced to wear an electronic tag. As part of his sentence, Meppen-Walter is also prohibited from driving for three years.