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Inverness man jailed for 10th banned driving offence

A man has been jailed for nine months after admitting to driving while disqualified for the 10th time.

Andrew Cormack, 47, of Inverness, was first caught while being banned from driving in 1990 and his last conviction was in 2010.

He pleaded guilty to the latest offence, which occurred on minor roads near Nairn on 23 November last year.

Sheriff James Gilchrist QC said that, given Cormack's record, custody was inevitable.

The sheriff also banned Cormack from driving for eight years.

The court heard that police on a routine patrol in the Nairn area stopped a car being driven by Cormack and he immediately confessed to being a disqualified driver and had no insurance.

Defence agent Neil Wilson told the court: "He accepts he has put himself in a difficult position given that he has nine previous convictions for the same offence."

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