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Gloucester widow Mandy Stock succeeds in bid to change law after husband's death

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

  • Mandy Stock with a photograph of Paul Stock

  • Mandy Stock

  • Paul Stock

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BRAVE widow Mandy Stock has succeeded in changing the law following her husband's death at the hands of a disqualified driver.

Just over a month after motorcyclist Graham Godwin was sentenced to 18 months for causing the death of Paul Stock while disqualified, she has succeeded in her bid for tougher sentences in such cases.

Mandy and her sister Sue Braithwaite met Prime Minister David Cameron earlier this month, closely followed by Justice Minister Chris Grayling.

She said she was delighted that they were sympathetic to her plea.

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"It's brilliant," said Mandy, from Tredworth. "It's more than we could have expected."

Mr Stock died after Godwin's bike hit him in Tredworth Road.

Godwin was described as "an absolute menace on the roads" by sentencing Judge Jamie Tabor, who could only impose an 18-month sentence. The maximum sentence is two years but the judge had to take off six months because Godwin, of Winnycroft Lane, Matson, pleaded guilty.

Gloucester Crown Court heard Godwin had 12 previous convictions for driving without insurance, nine for driving while disqualified and three for drink-driving.

Mandy said Mr Grayling would look to raise the maximum sentence for causing death while driving when disqualified, impose harsher sentences for causing injury in the same circumstances, and increase the maximum sentence of six months for driving while disqualified. The measures could be included in this autumn's Justice Bill, she said.

The matter was raised in Parliament earlier this month by Gloucester MP Richard Graham.

Mr Graham said: "What this shows is that if your cause is good, the law can be and is being changed. Out of the tragedy of Paul's death should come greater safety from disqualified drivers thinking twice about breaking the law."

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  • honslknjklyt  |  March 01 2013, 1:23AM

    Congratulations to her effort. It is absolutely terrible what has happened here and the scum of the earth are protected over and over and treated with kid gloves, their rights are paramount and he victims don't matter. Every blessing to this lady and her grief will be for a long long time while this criminal walks free. An example of punishment being carried out may well deter some people so it does make a difference. There are too many getting away with things on technicalities and soft "judges". Meanwhile the victims sentence is so much longer, where is their loophole, where are their rights?

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  • bdbear  |  February 28 2013, 12:09PM

    Lets face it this should have been a charge of manslaughter and him given at least 10 years

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  • lewipaul  |  February 28 2013, 11:16AM

    The law may change and bring harsher sentences. which is great for retribution, but it wont stop these things happening. This man should be removed from our streets permanantly as he has no regard for the law, and now he has taken someones life. He should have been sentenced under some totting up way, three strikes and your out sort of thing, that way we can get these morons off the streets.

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