Killer keeper jailed for death of two young boys in Manchester offered fresh start at Swindon Town FC

By Dean Wilkins

A professional footballer who was jailed for killing two young boys while drink-driving in Manchester is being offered the chance to restart his career.

Luke McCormick, 28, was jailed for seven years in October 2008 after the incident which also left the boys’ father seriously injured while playing for Plymouth Argyle.

He is set for release from Leyhill Prison next month and he will be given a trial run with League Two champions Swindon Town.

Arron Peak, 10 and his brother Ben, 8, were travelling to Silverstone racetrack for a dream day out with dad Phil before their car was struck by McCormick’s Range Rover on June 7, 2008.

The goalkeeper was sacked by Argyle a month after the crash and has been training on day release with Paolo Di Canio’s Swindon side since January.

The club’s interim chairman Jeremy Wray said: “As a club we did not go courting this – the opportunity was presented to us after I was contacted by his agent and he will spend pre-season training here at Swindon.

“We have had to look at it in a reasonable way and look to produce a positive outcome in horrible circumstances.”

The boys’ mum Amanda Peak told the Sun newspaper that Swindon’s offer ‘was like a kick in the stomach’.

Her husband Mr Peak, from Partington, Manchester, was at the wheel of the vehicle which was struck by McCormick and suffered serious injuries that left him in a wheelchair.

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