Footballer back behind bars

A footballer who killed two people in a car crash and was released from jail by mistake is back in custody, police said. Courtney Meppen-Walter walked free from prison after serving just a quarter of his 16-month sentence.

Footballer voluntarily returned to prison

Police said Meppen-Walter was "erroneously released" from prison yesterday. He was visited by police officers at his home address last night and, once officially informed of the mistake, voluntarily returned to prison in Lancaster, where he will now serve the remainder of his sentence.

Officers visited Meppen-Walter's address last night and returned him back to prison in Lancaster.

We are speaking to the family of the victims involved in this case to keep them updated with what has happened and our thoughts continue to be with them at this difficult time.

– Police Sergeant Danny Byrne

Footballer back behind bars

A footballer who killed two people in a car crash and was released from jail by mistake is back in custody, police said.

Ex-Manchester City youth player and England Under-18 captain Courtney Meppen-Walter walked free from prison yesterday after serving just a quarter of his 16-month sentence.

Greater Manchester Police was informed by the Prison Service of the mistake and efforts were made to return the 18-year-old to custody.

A police spokesman confirmed that the player was back behind bars this morning.

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Widow 'traumatised' by release of ex-Man City player

Solicitors representing the widow of a man killed in a crash with ex-Manchester City youth player Courtney Meppen-Walter said she has been caused 'distress and trauma' by his mistaken early release.

It is astounding that mistakes like this happen. It almost compounds the error.

It's put our client through even more distress and trauma - as if she wasn't distressed and traumatised enough - to realise mistakes like this will happen.

– Deirdre Healy Pannone solcitors

Kushwant is the widow of Kulwant Singh, 32, from Salford, who was killed with his sister, front-seat passenger Ravel Kaur, 37, from Cheetham Hill, Manchester.

Prison service: Jailed ex-Man City player was released 'in error'

A Prison Service spokesman said ex-Manchester City youth player Courtney Meppen-Walter was released "in error" and added that such incidents are taken "extremely seriously".

Police have been informed after a prisoner was released in error on Monday July 1 to ensure he is promptly returned to custody.

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.

– Prison Service spokesman

Meppen-Walter wept in court when he was jailed at Manchester Crown Court on February 28.

Inquiry launched over release of jailed ex-Man City player

An inquiry was under way tonight after it emerged a footballer who killed two people in a car crash was released from jail by mistake.

Ex-Man City youth player and England under-18 captain Courtney Meppen-Walter walked free from prison today, just a quarter of the way into a 16-month sentence.

Courtney Meppen-Walter ex-Manchester City player. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Greater Manchester Police has been informed by the Prison Service of the gaffe and efforts are being made to return the 18-year-old to custody.

Earlier, the widow of one of Meppen-Walter's victims said she was "devastated" to learn that the footballer was at liberty.

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Footballer released from jail early by mistake

Meppen-Walter admitted two counts of causing death by careless driving Credit: Press Assocation

A former Manchester City youth footballer jailed for killing two people in a car crash was released from prison early by mistake, according to the Ministry of Justice.

Courtney Meppen-Walter had served a quarter of his 16 month jail sentence for causing the deaths of brother and sister Kulwant Singh and Ravel Kaur in September.

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Widow 'devastated' as jailed ex-Man City player is released

A widow says she is "devastated" by the early release of a footballer who killed her husband in a car crash after he served a quarter of his 16-month sentence in custody.

Ex-Manchester City youth player and England Under-18 captain Courtney Meppen-Walter wept when he was jailed on February 28.

Courtney Meppen Walters, ex- Manchester City player

Kushwant Kaur, widow of Kulwant Singh, said she felt "badly let down" by a criminal justice system that enabled his release after just four months.

The sentencing judge said he would serve half his sentence in custody but might be released earlier on an electronic tag.