Banned driver behind bars

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A motorist from Selkirk caught driving for the fourth time while banned has been locked up by magistrates in Berwick.

Robert McMillan, aged 54, who lives in the Back Row, was residing at farm cottages at Lilburn Tower near Wooler when he was caught behind the wheel.

He had previously been disqualified for 12 months at Selkirk Sheriff Court, but was spotted by officers driving a Subaru at Lilburn on March 14.

He was jailed for eight weeks and banned for another year.

The prosecution told Berwick Magistrates Court that there were three passengers in the vehicle which stopped outside the farm cottages.

And it later transpired that this was the fourth time McMillan had been caught behind the wheel after he had been disqualified, the magistrates were told.

In mitigation, his lawyer maintained that McMillan had been trying to repair the car and had only driven it a short distance – about 200m.

He said the passengers were in the vehicle in case it broke down and he needed a push.

In passing sentence, the magistrates said that because of the number of previous convictions, the defendant had what they described as an obvious disregard for the law.

They said a non-custodial sentence was inappropriate in the circumstances.

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