Drug driver who crashed into and killed pedestrian in Melton to be sentenced later this month

Accident investigation officers at the scene of the fatal collision in Melton on November 15, 2013 EMN-150914-170723001
Accident investigation officers at the scene of the fatal collision in Melton on November 15, 2013 EMN-150914-170723001

A drug driver who crashed into and killed a pedestrian in Melton will be sentenced later this month.

Godfread Housen (41) appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Monday having previously pleaded guilty to causing the death of 79-year-old Melton man Brian Sheldon by careless driving while being unfit to drive through drugs.

Brian Sheldon (79), of Bishop Street, Melton, who died on Saturday, November 16, 2013 EMN-150914-170840001

Brian Sheldon (79), of Bishop Street, Melton, who died on Saturday, November 16, 2013 EMN-150914-170840001

The court had previously heard Housen, of Doctors Lane, had smoked cannabis on the day of the crash - November 15, 2013 - and had a drink containing the drug, causing his driving to be impaired. It had also heard Housen had been speeding at 37.5mph in a 30mph speed limit at the time of the impact with Mr Sheldon at a crossing on Saxby Road.

A ‘Newton hearing’ was set to be held on Monday, to determine disputed facts of the case before Housen’s sentencing, but this wasn’t needed after Housen accepted that Mr Sheldon was crossing the road from his right to left prior to the collision.

Housen, who will be sentenced on September 25, was granted conditional bail.