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    Stilloyal wrote:
    He is not a murderer, he is a drunk driver that had a terrible accident after believing he had sobered up enough after a couple of hours sleep.
    This was an awful misjudgement and terrible mistake on his part and he deserved to be punished.
    Back in the 80's when I managed a local Sunday team I witnessed a hit and run by a drunken driver outside Headlands school.
    I had just finished training and I gave the police a description of the vehicle which was an Alegro. The driver dumped it in the Rodbourne Arms car park. However he was caught and received nine months for killing this poor woman, he was out after four.
    I thought his sentence was far too lenient same as this player. This builder was free to continue his trade after release. The question is if the builder was able to carry out his trade after release should McCormick ? or are we all guilty of double standards ?
    I'm not defending the footballer just trying to put a reasoned point of view.
    It's upsetting to witness something like this and I'll have that memory forever just as the guy who witnessed McCormick's misdemeanor. However life does go on and it's too short to hate for all that time, I wouldn't expect this poor mother to forgive nor forget , but accept that without her tragic sons life can still go on for everyone.
    Do I want to see McCormick in a Town shirt ? NO but for several reasons.
    So...if a lout has a few bevvies...grabs a bit of sleep goes out...gets into a row and stabs someone then it's a terrible mistake because he's under the influence!!! Knife...Gun....Car..
    .all lethal weapons in the wrong hands!!! He KNEW he had been drinking....he KNOWINGLY drove the car...was he forced to? NO..the result...a tragedy for the poor INNOCENT family. The fact remains....that the sentences dished out to these KILLERS are totaly inappropriate, yes...everyone deserves a second chance...but footballers lead priveleged lives in the the PUBLIC spotlight...yet another kick in the teeth for the poor family...if it was a job where he wouldn't be named in newspapers...if he could keep his head down and the family could never hear his name again then that's not quite has bad....what if he plays incredibly well?..does that mean that the innocent family have to now stop reading newspapers? What if he pulls an incredible performance out of the bag in a cup game against Premier opposition? I can only imagine if what I would feel like if a man who had killed my Children had his happy smiling face plastered all over the papers enjoying his life and new roll of 'HERO'.

    Yes....the modern world...let's put the feelings and pain of the victims at the bottom of the's disgusting!!!

    A world of difference between a Builder and a proffesional footballer.....

    Only in this case...they are BOTH muderers!!!"
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Swindon Town fans hit out at McCormick link

Luke McCormick, who is set to join Town on trial when he is released from prison

Luke McCormick, who is set to join Town on trial when he is released from prison

First published in Sport

MANY Swindon Town fans have reacted angrily to the news that goalkeeper Luke McCormick will join the Robins on trial upon his release from prison next month.

McCormick, formerly on the books of Plymouth, was jailed in 2008 after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving with excess alcohol when he was involved in a car accident that claimed the lives of 10-year-old Arron Peak and his eight-year-old brother Ben, and left their father Phil with serious injuries.

The 28-year-old stopper has been training with Town while on day release from Leyhill open prison since January and will try to impress manager Paolo Di Canio in pre-season as he bids to win a contract at the County Ground.

Online forums and messageboards have been awash with opinion over the past 24 hours, both critical of the club’s decision to offer McCormick a trial and supportive of the player’s right to rehabilitation and integration once he has completed his curtailed sentence in June.

Interim chairman Jeremy Wray yesterday outlined the reasons why Swindon chose to invite McCormick to join the Robins after Town were approached by the keeper’s agent during the last campaign, and STFC Supporters’ Club spokesman Nigel Bennett said he expected the club to have given full and thorough thought to the matter before making their final decision.

“I’m sure there will be a lot of debate from both ends of the equation,” he said.

“I imagine and hope that the club have considered all the options before making the decision.

“I’m sure there’ll be people from both sides of thinking, but whichever camp you’re in nothing will change.

“What happened in the incident was tragic and there’s no forgetting that.”

Meanwhile, the Advertiser has learnt that striker Andy Williams was at the County Ground on Tuesday ahead of his switch to Wiltshire.

The 25-year-old, who the Adver believes will be one of the Robins’ first summer signings in the coming days, recently turned down a lucrative contract offer at Yeovil in order to move closer to his Hereford-based family.

Reports in the Somerset press that Williams is set to land a £5,000 a week deal at Town appear to be wide of the mark, but the forward is expected to sign on with the Robins in the near future.

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