The son of two dead police officers who was previously involved in the murder of two men while driving a drug escaped from prison today after he was caught with a cache of cannabis.
Max Kobe, 20, of Ascot, Berkshire, stood before District Judge Samuel Josie in Reading Magistrates Court Friday after police searched his home address on July 31, 2019 and found more than 120 grams of herbal cannabis and two grams of Hemp resin in his bedroom at his parents’ £1 million home.
A lawyer defending him said Kobe used drugs to ‘self-medicate’ following the 2018 fatal double accident, in which he crashed and killed two pedestrians while driving his father’s sports car.
On August 2, 2018, Kobe, then 17, was driving the sports car of a dead police sergeant’s father while exceeding the permissible cannabis limit when he drove to sales manager Jason Amy, 48, and co-worker John Shackley, 61.
The couple were on their way back to the hotel after a working night with their IT company and were dumped on the roof of the Audi A5. They died the moment they hit the ground.
Although he was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, investigators concluded that Kobe was not responsible for the men’s deaths because the accident could not have been avoided.
Max Kobe, 20, the son of two police officers involved in the killing of two men while driving drugs, was released from prison today after he was caught with a stash of cannabis worth around £1,000. In the photo, January
The case was eventually settled in London County Court for £800,000 on 1 February this year. It was understood that the family of rugby coach and grandfather Mr. Shackley also filed a lawsuit.
In an investigation conducted on July 8, 2019, the Berkshire assistant coroner, despite a lawyer representing Amy’s family submitting that the deaths were unlawful manslaughter, came to the conclusion of a “road traffic collision”.
On Friday, defense attorney Chloe Hill said: “Frankly, he was a poorly-behaved, tough teenager. He was expelled from two schools and has a criminal record.
Using his own words, he was “attracted to the wrong audience,” often surrounded by bad influences.
Soon after he dropped out of college, this crime happened. Over the past two years, he has begun to change the course of his life. He has taken evening classes and hopes to apply to university.
This crime is nearly three years old, and Mr. Kobe was a heavy cannabis user at the time. He was self-medicating, because the year before he had been involved in a fatal car accident.
He tells me that cannabis use has significantly deteriorated his mental health, and he is currently seeing health professionals. It is clear that while he was an incredibly difficult teenager, he was desperately trying to change his life.
County Judge Goozee said in the sentencing: ‘You have been given credit for your guilty plea today. She realized the fact that on July 31, she was only 18 when she committed the crime.
Although it was a large amount of cannabis, I would take it as personal use. It is clear that you were in juvenile court at the time of the commission of these crimes.
“It was a time when you turned to criminal activity, as opposed to now where you are trying to change your life.”
Appearing in Reading Crown Court today, Kobe was ordered to pay a fine of £300, £85 for court costs and £35 additional victim fees. The judge also issued an order to confiscate and destroy the cannabis seized at that time.
His parents, Dead Sergeant Russell Cope (pictured in June 2020) and Catherine Cope, have not faced any misconduct investigation over the incident. The Metropolitan Police Service said: “Proper information to the Met was disclosed by Max Coopey’s relatives. There is no relevant disciplinary action to be taken by the Met’
The 20-year-old has admitted possessing cannabis worth up to £1,000, having denied the charge in his previous court appearance.
The plaintiff, Anna Vechette, said: “On 31 July 2019, a search warrant was executed at Mr. Kobe’s home address. During the search, the officers discovered a large quantity of cannabis found in his bedroom.
The officers found 125g of cannabis grass, and 2g of cannabis resin. The value of the lawn was from £800 to £1,000. He gave an interview without comment and changed his plea in court today.
“He has seven convictions for 10 crimes, two unrelated but committed when he was a young man.”
His parents, Dead Sergeant Russell Kobe and Computer Catherine Kobe, did not face any misconduct investigation regarding the incident.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police Service said: “In connection with any DPS action arising from Max Coopey, 20, appearing in Slough Magistrates Court and/or drugs found at an address in Ascot.
Appropriate disclosures were made to the Met by Max Coopey’s relatives.
“There is no relevant disciplinary action to be taken by the Met.”
They were previously investigated by the Met’s Department of Professional Standards over allegations that they allowed or facilitated the use of a controlled drug.
The investigation was related to an incident in which Max Kobe was arrested on June 10, 2018, after he was found driving his mother’s car without a license or insurance, while under the influence of drugs. Both parents were eventually found to have no issue to answer.
On August 2, 2018, 17-year-old Kobe was driving the sports car of a dead police sergeant’s father when he drove to Sales Director Jason Amy, 48, and fellow 61-year-old John Shackley (pictured). )
The couple were on their way back to their hotel from a business night with their IT company and were dumped on the roof of the Audi A5. They died the moment they hit the ground. In the photo, victim Jason Amy with his wife Sarah
Kobe was already on bail and subject to a youth rehabilitation order at the time of the raid on his family home in The Burlings on July 31, 2019.
A Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) claimed to have seen Kobe driving on October 19, 2018, two months after the fatal crash. Kobe denied the crime when TVP officers attended his home the next day.
His conviction was overturned on June 18, 2020 on the grounds that PCSO may have mistaken Kobe for one of his friends.
He was accused of driving while incompetent and appeared in court twice in July 2019 – on July 17 and 24 – for his trial, but it has been postponed on both occasions.
Within a week of his last court appearance, he was arrested at his home for cannabis possession.
Officers had entered his address to investigate “other charges,” which involved downloading cell phones. The court heard that none of these accusations were initiated.
Kobe was later convicted by District Judge Davinder Lascher for driving while ineligible for the offense and for coming late to trial.
DJ Lachhar imprisoned him for 12 weeks on 29 October 2019 but was released pending an appeal to the Crown Court.
However, he was forced to return to court to defend a civil suit brought by Sarah Amy, Mr. Amy’s widow, who sued Kobe for the death of her father of three.
On Friday, a judge fined Coopey £300, ordering him to pay £85 in costs and £34 in surcharges to the victim. Kobe thanked the judge and walked out of court.