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Manchester City youth player jailed

Manchester City youth football player Courtney Meppen-Walter arrives at The Crown Court in Manchester, north-west England
Manchester City youth player Courtney Meppen-Walter arrives at court.
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A Manchester City youth team player has been sentenced to 16 months in jail for killing a brother and sister in a car accident while driving his Mercedes at nearly twice the speed limit.

Courtney Meppen-Walter, an 18-year-old defender who has captained England's under-18 team, hit a car as it emerged from a side street in Manchester. He was driving 56 mph in a 30 mph zone.

The victims, Kulwant Singh and Ravel Kaur, arrived in Britain in 2001 after fleeing persecution by the Taliban.

Meppen-Walter wept Thursday as he was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court. He will serve eight months, but may be released earlier on an electronic tag, and was banned from driving for three years.

Meppen-Walter twice was an unused substitute for City in Champions League matches.

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