Wife of Paul Stock hits out at paltry sentence of "absolute menance" who caused his death
IN an open letter, Paul's widow Mandy Stock gives the family's view on Graham Godwin's sentence.
WE have serious issues with the charges brought, and the sentencing guidelines associated with those charges.
The maximum two-year guideline in no way reflects the fact that a person has died.
However, we would like to thank the Judge for recognising the serious and continual disrespect this man has for the law, and therefore passing sentence to the best of his ability within the totally inappropriate guidelines.
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Graham Godwin is a repeat offender and knows how to play the system. As usual, this works in the criminal's favour. He has no respect for the law or life itself.
He made a conscious decision to insure the motorcycle so he could ride it illegally. He was disqualified, he was speeding, his speed was calculated at more than 40mph in a 30mph zone approaching traffic lights, with a pillion on a single seat bike.
To any sane, law-abiding person this is dangerous, but apparently not in the eyes of the law, therefore his manor of driving was "not an issue". The law is wrong, it should be an issue. The charges were wrong.
Nothing will bring Paul back, but justice needs to be done. His life was worth more than 18 months. This is not justice. Where is Paul's right to life? You believe the law and judicial system is there to protect the innocent and punish the guilty, but that is not the case.
We have no hope of changing the charging criteria, but will be seeking to change the sentencing guidelines to a realistic level to reflect the fact someone has been killed. The guidelines are totally inadequate.