THE yob son of two Met police officers who killed two men in a horror crash has dodged jail AGAIN – despite cops finding a drugs stash at parents’ house.
Max Coopey, 20, who hit and killed two salesmen while drug driving his dad’s sports car in 2018, claimed he had been using the secret cannabis supply to “self-medicate” for the trauma.
Max Coopey has dodged jail again after hiding up to £1,000 worth of cannabis at his police officer parents’ house[/caption]
He had hidden 126g of herbal cannabis and 2g of cannabis resin in his bedroom at the £1million house on a private road in Ascot.
Prosecutors said the class B drugs found at the Coopey family home three years ago were “estimated between £800 to £1,000 in value”.
Coopey was already on court bail and subject to a youth rehabilitation order for the tragic drug driving deaths when his family home was raided in July 2019.
But his copper parents, Met Sgt Russel Coopey and PC Catherine Coopey, did not face any misconduct investigation over the incident.
The youth, who his own lawyer described as a “badly behaved and difficult teenager” at the time, has had a number of brushes with the law.
The incident, which foreshadowed the fatal collision later that summer, cast doubt on hisparents who were investigated by the Met’s professional standards department over claims they had allowed his use of a controlled drug.
Coopey then dodged jail for the tragic deaths of two pedestrians, colleagues John Shackley, 61, and Jason Imi, 48, on the A329 London Road in Sunninghill in August 2018.
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The then-17-year-old had been high driving his dad’s Audi A5, but managed to escape a prison sentence with just a youth rehabilitation order and a driving ban when a judge ruled the deaths weren’t directly his fault.
The grieving Imi family successfully sued Coopey for a £800,000 over the death of father-of-three, Jason.
Grandfather and rugby-coach John’s relatives are also understood to be suing.
But the teen was soon back in front of a judge when an officer claimed to see him driving again just two months after the horror crash.
He’s also been convicted for turning up to a trial late.
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Prosecuting for his latest offence today, Anna Fitchett said: “A search warrant was executed at the home address of Mr Coopey.
“During the course of that search, a large quantity of cannabis was found in Mr Coopey’s bedroom.
“Mr Coopey gave a no-comment interview. He has seven convictions for 10 offences.
“Two of those are drug related, though committed when Mr Coopey was a teenager.”
Defending Coopey at Reading Magistrates Court today, Chloe Hill said: “To put it bluntly, Mr Coopey was a badly behaved and difficult teenager.
“He was expelled from two schools and went to a school specifically for children that will not be taken by any other school.
“In his own words, he was drawn the wrong crowd and was often surrounded by bad influences.
“He left school at 16 with no qualifications then went to Bracknell college.”
It was clearly at a time in your life when you were turning to criminal activity rather than now when you are attempting to turn your life around
Ms Hill then said Coopey had the cannabis for his own personal use and that he had been “self-medicating” with the drug.
She said: “A year prior he had been involved in a fatal car accident for which he had not sought help.”
Since the arrest, Coopey had begun taking online further education and was planning to apply to university to study marketing, the court heard.
Ms Hill added: “It is clear that while he was an incredibly difficult and badly behaved teenager, he is now really working towards his goal of university.”
Sentencing him today, District Judge Samuel Goozee told Coopey he accepted Coopey’s guilty plea on the day of his trial.
The Uber delivery driver had previously claimed the police search was unlawful.
Judge Goozee said: “It is apparent you were in possession of this cannabis at the time when you were on a court order and that makes the offence more serious.
“Despite the significant amount of drugs found in your room, the prosecution accept that it was consistent with personal use.
“It was clearly at a time in your life when you were turning to criminal activity rather than now when you are attempting to turn your life around.”
The judge fined Coopey £300, ordered him to pay £85 in costs and a £34 victim surcharge.
Coopey thanked the judge and walked free from court.
His parents, this time, have avoided all suspicion.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police Service said: “In relation to any DPS action arising from Max Coopey, 20, appearing at Slough Magistrates Court and/or drugs found at an address in Ascot.
“Appropriate disclosures have been made to the Met by relatives of Max Coopey.
“There is no related disciplinary action being taken by the Met.”
The youth killed two men when he was drug driving at 17-years-old[/caption]
Jason Imi was killed by Coopey’s irresponsible actions[/caption]
Jason Shackley also died in the crash in August 2018[/caption]
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