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