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Goalkeeper jailed for boys' deaths makes Truro City debut

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

  • Luke McCormick, a goalkeeper convicted of causing the deaths of two children by dangerous driving, is playing for Truro City.

  • Amanda and Phil Peak, parents of the two children who lost their lives. Bruce Adams/Daily Mail

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A GOALKEEPER who killed two children drink-driving has played his first game for Truro City Football Club.

Former Plymouth Argyle player Luke McCormick was jailed in October 2008 after he admitted causing the deaths of Arron Peak, 10, and Ben Peak, 8, on the M6 in Staffordshire having been drunk behind the wheel.

Some in Truro have reacted furiously to the goalkeeper's appearance but the administrators running the cash-strapped club offered McCormick a "warm welcome".

Kate Breese, from administrators Walsh Taylor, said: "I would like to give a warm welcome to Luke McCormick who will be a great addition to the first team at a time when we are in desperate need of players."

Truro were desperately in need of a goalkeeper after regular stopper Tim Sandercombe was injured last week. Ms Breese said McCormick was playing for Truro City for free.

She said: "Certain people may have concerns over Luke's past but his past is precisely that. Luke has served the time deemed appropriate by the judicial system and that chapter is now closed.

"Luke has been extremely remorseful but, as stated, the sentence has been served and there is no benefit to anyone in not allowing him to play the sport that he loves and has great ability at."

The prospective new owners of the club gave a more muted response.

Pete and Jason Masters, owners of the L2 nightclub, and Philip Perryman, owner of A2B taxis, put up a £50,000 bond to keep the club in the Football Conference and are in talks to complete a purchase.

In a statement they said they "had no control over that decision.

"Lee Hodges is and will remain the manager of Truro City Football Club and any future decisions on Luke will be made in conjunction with Lee and the board of directors in control at that time."

After the West Briton broke the story online one user, JohnTruroCity, wrote: "I'm a Truro City fan and will not be going again. The so-called saviours are disgusting.

"Feel so sad for the family of the boys and disgusted to be a Truro City fan. Shameful decision."

McCormick was twice the limit when the crash happened as he was returning from former team-mate David Norris's wedding in Bolton.

The mother of the dead boys, Amanda Peak, said: "I want to look him in the eye to see if he's remorseful, because that's the only way I'll be able to tell."

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  • josdave  |  November 15 2012, 8:31PM

    While I like many others thought the sentence handed down was ludicrously lenient he has served the time he was given and should be allowed to get on with his life. The complaints should be addressed to the so-called justice system which seems the think like the PC brigade that nobody should serve a long sentence even for murder and this act was not far short of murder as anyone who takes over a car while under the influence is a potential killer.

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  • elfa66  |  November 15 2012, 6:41PM

    i expect Whistle9339 would feel different if it was his children who had been killed by a drunk driver. How can you call it a "moment of madness" when he spent hours drinking at a friends wedding. He was an adult who knew he was drunk when he got into his Range Rover. Why try to make excuses for such a serious crime ?. I don't think your comments will help the parents of the dead boys. They need to try and get their lives together too !.

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  • manicstreet  |  November 15 2012, 4:38PM

    4 years for killing two kids? ive never heard anything like it. those two boys have been denied a life!!.

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  • stevepz  |  November 15 2012, 2:49PM

    I don't believe in a witch hunt for this person. But after being allow to continue with his life after such a token sentence, I would of thought that keeping a low profile would of shown some respect and remorse, rather than carrying on as if nothing had happened in such a public way. Especially when the families of the killed children clearly cannot, this is disrespectful Truro cities appointment is selfish, in poor taste, and has already backfired.

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  • ArrowOfTruth  |  November 15 2012, 2:36PM

    As the bereaved mother says, she would have to look him in they eyes to know if he is truly remorseful and if he deserves this opportunity. I wonder if the people who have employed him have even attempted to establish whether or not he is. Perhaps they only care about having a decent goalie at the club. As for the comment about 'a moment of madness', I'm not so sure. Do you actually know that he had never drink-driven before? Boy racers and drink-drivers repeatedly serial-offend on our roads and just because someone died in the end as a result of this man's behaviour does not necessarily qualify it as 'a moment of madness'. In many cases, it's what it takes to get such people to take responsibility for their behaviour - too high a price is paid by the bereaved.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  November 15 2012, 2:33PM

    I remember the Peak family on the news in bits at the time. Of course this guy has to rebuild his life but three and a half years for killing two little boys?!

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  • kimmyp  |  November 15 2012, 1:55PM

    The judicial system in this case and others like it is inadequate. Nobody forced Luke to drink and nobody forced him to drive his car, he took the decision to drink and then drive and as a result killed two children. They are not able to continue their lives let alone "rebuild them" and how do their family. In my mind this was not a tragic accident which nobody would have forseen. A deliberate thought process was involved. We talk about how children are becoming de-sencitized, and show a disregard to their own lives and others, its no wonder when the judicial system shows the same disregard. It sounds hard but if any of my family did that I would never ever forgive them. We all know the law and we all know the affects of drinking, it's just plain and simple it's iressponsible and selfish and shows total contempt towards the law and even worse towards other peoples lives. I think it is perfectly understandable why people would feel upset because in most peoples mind he should still be in prison.

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  • Clive_Stevens  |  November 15 2012, 11:46AM

    He is a low life

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  • Whistle9339  |  November 15 2012, 10:43AM

    As a criminologist I wish Luke all the very best. He had a moment of madness and has paid the price by being imprisoned. He will carry this with him for the rest of his life. Anyone criticising him should ask themselves how they would feel if it Luke was their son or husband. He needs to rebuild his life now

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