Melton death crash driver had smoked cannabis on day of collision with pedestrian - court hears

Brian Sheldon (79), of Bishop Street, Melton, who died on Saturday, November 16, 2013 EMN-150308-164516001
Brian Sheldon (79), of Bishop Street, Melton, who died on Saturday, November 16, 2013 EMN-150308-164516001
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A driver had smoked cannabis and had a drink that contained the drug before he crashed into and killed a pedestrian in Melton - a court has heard.

Godfread Housen (41) pleaded guilty to causing the death of Melton man Brian Sheldon by careless driving and while being unfit to drive through drugs.

Mr Sheldon, of Bishop Street, had been heading to a friend’s house for tea when the collision happened at a crossing on Saxby Road on the night of November 15, 2013.

Mr Sheldon (79), who was a member of the Melton Royal British Legion and an ex-member of the Melton Conservative Club, was taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre where he died the next day.

Leicester Crown Court heard today (Monday) that Housen, of Doctors Lane, Melton, had smoked cannabis on the day of the crash and had consumed a drink containing the drug, causing his driving to be impaired, before his Mitsubishi hit Mr Sheldon.

Judge Robert Brown said: “The defendant understands that custody is very much on the cards in due course.”

Judge Brown added that Housen, a sole trader who works as a mechanic, would be subject of an interim driving ban until the next court hearing when it would be known whether his ‘basis of plea’ had been accepted.

Prosecutor Alex Young said: “My own preliminary view is that the sticking point might be the defence’s suggestion that Mr Sheldon stepped out into the road on the defendant’s side of the crossing, meaning the defendant had less time to react.

“It’s my view the Crown would say Mr Sheldon stepped out on the other side of the crossing and that he was on the crossing for a longer period. The injuries to his body are consistent with impact on his left so he would have been in the defendant’s view for longer.”

Should Housen’s basis of plea be accepted the next hearing is set to be held on September 14. If it isn’t accepted a hearing will be held later this month.