Call for law change after death of Gloucester welder
WIDOW Mandy Stock's fight to change the law will be raised in Parliament today.
Her husband Paul Stock, a well-known welder, was killed in a collision with "an absolute menace on the roads" who was disqualified from driving.
Gloucester MP Richard Graham is set to highlight the case in Prime Minister's Questions as the man responsible, Graham Godwin, was sent down for 18 months.
Mrs Stock has started two e-petitions to change the law, because the maximum sentence he could been handed for causing death while driving when disqualified was two years.
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The fact Godwin, of Winnycroft Lane, Matson, was banned when he committed the offence in March, did not mean he could be sentenced more severely than a driver who was not.
"My question will focus simply on the facts of the case and the limitations of the sentencing guidelines," said Mr Graham. "This is not the only such case – Mandy is calling for a review of the sentencing guidelines for people already banned from driving. I support her cause, and will ask the Prime Minister to ask the Attorney-General's office to look into this as soon as possible."
Last week Gloucester Crown Court heard Godwin had 12 previous convictions for driving without insurance, nine for driving while disqualified and three for drink driving.
"There has got to be a change in the law," said Mrs Stock wants a review of sentencing of disqualified drivers whose driving causes a death, or an injury.
The petitions can be found at ect.gov.uk/petitions and searching for "death while" and "serious injury".