Disqualified driver admits causing death of Gloucester welder Paul Stock
DISQUALIFIED driver Graham Godwin has admitted causing the death of "the best welder in Gloucester".
Godwin, 36, shouldn't have been on the road when his motorcycle hit Paul Stock, a court heard.
Mr Stock, who ran popular vehicle body shop SAS in Tredworth, died in hospital a week later in March last year.
Godwin admitted four charges at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court, where the bench heard he had a lengthy record of motoring convictions, including a three-year ban for drink-driving imposed in July 2010.
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Mr Stock's widow Mandy and his family were in court to see Godwin plead guilty.
He was carrying a pillion passenger when the collision happened in Tredworth High Street.
"Just before 9pm on March 3, Mr and Mrs Stock were walking home," prosecutor Mary Harley said. "She had crossed the road in front of Mr Stock and heard a loud noise behind her and turned to see a motorcycle with a pillion passenger had collided with her husband."
Steve Young, in mitigation, said Godwin was remorseful and pointed out the Crown did not bring his manner of driving into the prosecution.
Godwin, whose full name is Graham Ade Godwin, admitted causing Mr Stock's death while driving a Shineray motorcycle when he was disqualified, causing his death while not being insured, using a false name to obtain motorcycle insurance, and possession of cannabis.
Godwin, of Winnycroft Lane, Matson was bailed to be sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court on January 23.