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Drove while disqualified

A MAN from Lerwick who drove a lorry in Mintlaw without insurance while disqualified more than three years ago has been banned from the road for 15 months and fined £600.

Calum Jamieson, of Pitt Lane, previously admitted the offence, which took place on the A952 on the Toll of Birness to Mintlaw road on 10 September 2013.

Representing himself, the 33 year old said he was not in a good place at the time “mentally, physically and addictively”.

Sheriff Philip Mann said the case had taken a long time to come to a conclusion because Jamieson missed a previous sentencing hearing.

There was also a “considerable delay” in the apprehension of the 33 year old.

MEANWHILE, a fisherman from Skeld who drove a motorcycle without insurance last year has been given six penalty points and a £400 fine.

Mark Anderson, of Grantfield, admitted at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to committing the offence on the A971 at Whiteness on 8 September.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the lack of insurance came to light when police spoke to him when they followed up a report on the manner of his driving.

Defence agent Chris Dowle, who could not offer an explanation for Anderson driving without insurance, said his client “regrets” what he did.

Sheriff Philip Mann said not having insurance in place was a “serious matter”.