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Disqualified driver admits causing death of Gloucester man Paul Stock

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: January 02, 2013

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Disqualified driver Graham Godwin has admitted causing the death of "the best welder in Gloucester."

Today in court it was revealed that Godwin, 36, should not have been on the road when his motorcycle collided with Paul Stock.

Mr Stock, who ran popular vehicle body shop SAS in Tredworth, died in hospital one week later.

Godwin admitted four charges at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court this morning, where the bench heard he had a lengthy record of motoring convictions including a three year ban imposed in July 2010 for drink driving.

Mr Stock's widow Mandy and his family were in court to see Godwin admit his guilt. He was carrying a pillion passenger when the collision happened on March 3 last year in Tredworth High Street.

He admitted causing Mr Stock's death while driving a Shineray motorcycle when he was disqualified from driving, causing Mr Stock's death while not being insured, using a false name to obtain motorcycle insurance, and cannabis possession.

Godwin, of Winnycroft Lane, Matson was bailed to be sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court on January 23.

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  • bonzaharris1  |  January 02 2013, 6:34PM

    I hope you are wrong FreeRadical, that really would make life cheap.

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  • FreeRadical1  |  January 02 2013, 6:12PM

    He got bail because he won't be sent to prison. It's legalised murder.

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  • bonzaharris1  |  January 02 2013, 3:46PM

    Some years ago I was driving home at night, and my car was hit by a car that just came out of a side road without stopping. The police breathalised the driver, who was over the limit. He was driving without insurance, and was also already disqualified for drink driving. He had taken his fathers car without consent, and the only way the father could claim off his insurance was by reporting his car stolen, and having his son charged with theft. Then some months later I noticed in my local pub that this little runt was on the banned from all pubs in Gloucester list. So I guess that no, they do not learn by their mistakes, they are just scum that are not fit to breathe gods clean air. I hope for Mr Stocks family's sake, that this piece of scum is given a decent prison sentence, and a lengthy driving ban, though I expect thats hoping for a bit much. No doubt he will get a more lenient punishment for pleading guilty. People like Godwin should be banned from driving for life, and if caught driving again jailed for 10 years, perhaps then people may think before getting in a car and driving after drinking.

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  • Lecorche  |  January 02 2013, 3:38PM

    HE GOT BAIL? WHY?

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  • raidermanuk  |  January 02 2013, 3:20PM

    Everything that Matt1006 says plus a lifetime driving ban. Killed someone driving whilst banned lengthy record of motoring convictions three year ban for drink driving No insurance False name Possession of drugs What justification can there be for anything other than a lifetime ban?

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  • Matt1006  |  January 02 2013, 2:29PM

    Presumably his guilty plea will result in a lessor punishment? Even so, he should be sent to prison for a good number of years. He's killed a man whilst doing something he was specifically banned by law from doing. He (Godwin) simply should not have been on the road on his motorbike, and therefore Mr. Stock should still be alive today. In which case, how is that any different from manslaughter? Maybe killing somebody will be the kick up the backside this moron needs to mend his ways. Maybe once he's released he'll abide by any continuing driving ban/s he has, and we won't ever read about him committing further motoring offences in the coming years. Maybe, maybe. At least Mr. Stock's family now know the circumstances into his death, but given what is now known about his killer, it won't make their pain any easier to bear.

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