A teenager who knocked down and killed two people with his father's Audi has had his conviction and jail sentence for driving while disqualified quashed.Hang on..? Surely this isn't..? Yes. It is.
Today his conviction and sentence were overturned at Reading Crown Court.And you won't believe why....
Judge Heather Norton argued that PCSO Gary Clarke, who saw Coopey in his mother's car on October 19, 2018, may have been suffering from 'confirmation bias'.
She ruled that it would therefore be unsafe to convict Coopey on that basis.*speechless*
Today, Judge Norton decided that Mr Clarke had only seen Coopey for three seconds, calling it a 'brief glimpse' and said he had expected to see the teenager.
Judge Norton said: 'It is recognition evidence from an officer who was primed to be looking for a teenage boy driving that car, who was primed if saw a teenage boy driving that car to the assumption that that boy was Max Coopey.
'There is force in the submission that this is confirmation bias. It seems to us that for two 17-year-old boys to pay £70 to insure a car, it is unlikely they would have just thrown that £70 away and had Max Coopey drive the car in any event.'I guess the judge is ignorant of teenage boys. Especially ones who have so far escaped all punishment for persistent offending, aided and abetted by parents who both serve as police officers, and who - incredibly - set up a videoed exercise to prove their spawn's innocence! The judge threw it out of court.
'It could well be the case that they did all of that with Max Coopey at his home address and Kieran Shepherd at his home address, and Max Coopey drove to collect his friend on his way to London, but that is not how this case has been put and it would not be safe for us to make that inference.'But it's perfectly safe to put this arrogant little shit back out on the streets with no criminal record?