A Wallyford man has been ordered to stay within his home overnight from 8pm till 6am for more than 90 days as punishment for driving a vehicle while banned.

Iain Vass, of Albert Place, was caught behind the wheel at Captain’s Drive in Edinburgh last December despite already receiving a road ban previously. Vass was also found to have no insurance following the police stop in the Capital on December 29.

He had admitted the offence during an earlier appearance Edinburgh Sheriff Court and he returned to court last Wednesday for sentencing.

His solicitor Angela Craig said that her client had a “good insight” into his problems and that he was engaging with a rehabilitation service.

Ms Craig said 29-year-old Vass had been visiting his partner and had decided to get behind the wheel after she had fallen ill while the couple were out for a drive.

Ms Craig said it was on this journey that he was stopped by police and that he made “a serious mistake”.

Sheriff Peter McCormack said he took “a dim view of people who drive while disqualified” but stopped short of jailing the offender. Instead, the sheriff handed out a restriction of liberty order for the next 96 days meaning Vass must stay indoors between the hours of 8pm and 6am.

Vass was also banned from driving for a further 29 months and was admonished on the no insurance charge.