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White van man fined for having phone in hand

Published: 5 Dec 2012 09:300 comments

A SELF-EMPLOYED roofer from Moffat has been fined for having a phone in his hand while driving - despite him not using it.

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Joseph Marshall declined the offer of a fixed penalty notice after being stopped by police in Innerleithen.

But he told this week's Justice of the Peace Court in Peebles that he was guilty.

He said: "I had the phone in my hand as I was going to plug it into the bluetooth. It doesn't work unless it's plugged in as it fell off a roof and the handset doesn't work properly."

Marshall, who already has a previous offence for driving while using a phone, was stopped by police just before 9am.

Procurator Fiscal Depute Tessa Bradley said: "Police were on patrol when they saw Mr Marshall driving a white van with a phone in his hand."

Justice of the Peace Fiona Ballantyne placed three points on Marshall's licence and reinstated the £60 fixed penalty.

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