Footballer who caused death of two siblings handed 22-month road ban for drink-driving

Courtney Meppen-Walter

Courtney Meppen-Walter. Image: Greater Manchester Police/PA

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A former Manchester City youth player who killed two people whilst speeding in 2012, has been handed a 22-month road ban after being caught drink-driving.

Twenty-four-year-old Courtney Meppen-Walter told magistrates he was "embarassed" at his latest offence, in which he was driving whilst more than twice the legal drink-drive limit in Manchester city centre on December 10.



Alongisde his driving ban, Mr Meppen-Walter must also serve a 12-month community order, complete 80 hours of unpaid work and pay court costs totalling £170.

He indicated he wanted to take a drink-drive awareness course which would reduce his ban by 22 weeks.

Courtney Meppen-Walter playing for Carlisle United. Image: Getty

The footballer was previously jailed for 16 months in 2013, after causing the deaths of 32-year-old Kulwant Singh and his sister, Ravel Kaur, 37, by careless driving.

The siblings had travelled to the UK from Afghanistan in 2001, after fleeing persecution by the Taliban.

Mr Meppen-Walter, who is a father-of-one, was signed by Carlisle United after completing his custodial sentence and is currently playing for Chorley FC in the National League North.