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Man, 78, jailed after being caught driving while banned

A 78-year-old man has been jailed for six months after being caught driving while disqualified for the third time in six years.

Richard Robertson was spotted on various roads in Dundee in a Volvo car - despite have a lifetime driving ban.

In 2009, he was spared jail after he claimed to "not really remember" being banned for life.

In 2012 he was handed a further 10-year ban after being caught driving home from the pub.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard police officers spotted in him behind the wheel on the city's Lochee Road and Coupar Angus Road on 23 March.

The court was told the 78-year-old had a "significant" record for motoring offences..

In the 2009 incident he was placed on an electronic tag for six months - being spared jail as he was the sole carer of his seriously ill wife.

Robertson pleaded guilty to charges of driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Sheriff Tom Hughes jailed him for six months and disqualified the OAP from driving for 10 years.

He said: "It is very unfortunate that someone of your age is going to prison but you have left the court with no option since you continually flout the law.

"You have been caught on many road traffic offences and should know by now that you should not be anywhere near a vehicle."

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